U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, this week joined Fox News’ ‘Hannity’ to discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci’s contradictory statements regarding masks and gain of function research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also slammed the possibility of more shutdowns, COVID mandates, and school closures under President Biden’s administration. Read highlights of his interview below.
On Dr. Fauci’s false statement before Congress and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) political policies, Sen. Cruz said:
“Dr. Fauci, I think, is the most dangerous bureaucrat in the history of the country. […] I don’t think anyone has hurt science, has hurt the credibility of the CDC, has hurt the credibility of doctors, more than Dr. Fauci, because throughout this pandemic, he’s been dishonest. He’s been political. He’s been partisan, and the American people know it. Why is it that the Biden administration decreed that masks have to be worn in schools by kids? Well, because teachers’ union bosses wanted it, and that’s not a scientific reason. That is a data reason. And you know, this weekend he did this long interview, where he gave the answer, he said, ‘I represent science. I am science.’”
“It is this delusion of grandeur that you cannot criticize him. It was very striking, you know, in the course of that interview, he was asked about—I asked the Attorney General Merrick Garland if he’s going to investigate and prosecute Dr. Fauci for lying to Congress, and Margaret Brennan asked him about that. And what did Fauci do? He didn’t discuss any of the substance. Instead, he just attacked and engaged in ad hominem attacks. He basically did the Beavis and Butthead defense. He just screamed ‘liars’ at everything. But you know, facts are stubborn things. So here are the simple facts that Fauci needs to explain and that the Department of Justice should investigate.
“So on May 11, Fauci testified before a Senate committee that ‘the NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Neurology.’ That’s a clear categorical statement. But then on October 20, the NIH wrote that they funded an experiment at the Wuhan lab testing ‘if spike proteins from naturally occurring back Coronavirus is circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.’ That is gain of function research. That is taking an existing virus and modifying it to make it more dangerous to humans. And listen, at the end of the day, 18 USC Section 1001 makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison for lying to Congress. The statements from Dr. Fauci and the NIH are directly contradictory. I’ve got to say, I think Margaret Brennan is a talented journalist, but she dropped the ball on not following up, letting him just respond with insults. Instead of asking him the simple question: You stated that we don’t fund gain a function research. The NIH stated [that] we do fund gain of function research. That can’t both be true. And if you lied to Congress, it’s a felony. She didn’t press him on that. And the reason this matters is there is a lot of circumstantial evidence to suggest that the U.S. government participated in funding research modifying coronaviruses that could well have led to COVID-19. If that’s true, that is stunning and indefensible. We know the Chinese government has enormous culpability, but there’s a real possibility the American government under Dr. Fauci does as well. That’s what he doesn’t want to address.”
On the possibility of more shutdowns under President Biden, Sen. Cruz said:
“There’s always going to be a new variant. People should get vaccinated if they want. We need no mandates, and we need to stay open. Joe Biden [and] the Democrats need to stop threatening shutdowns of schools, stop threatening shutdowns of business. Enough is enough. Take care of your own health, and we’re going to stay open. We’re not going to be in a constant state of fear from this government.”