‘No thanks, Dr. Fauci.’ Lt. Gov. Patrick says he won’t listen to nation’s top coronavirus expert

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AUSTIN, Texas (KETK) – Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is back in the spotlight after he said during a Fox News appearance that he no longer needs the advice of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease doctor in the country.

“Fauci said today that he’s concerned about states like Texas that skipped over certain things,” Patrick said in a clip from the June 30 show. “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. We haven’t skipped over anything. The only thing I’m skipping over is listening to him.”

He also said that Fauci “has been wrong every time” but did not elaborate.

Fauci testified before the Senate on Tuesday that the U.S. could reach 100,000 new cases of coronavirus a day if measures are not taken seriously. He also said more than 50% of new infections in Texas, Florida, California and Arizona are in areas where there are surges.

“We’ve got to make sure that when states start to try and open again, they need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out, with regard to checkpoints. What we’ve seen in several states are different iterations of that, perhaps maybe in some, going too quickly and skipping over some of the checkpoints.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Last week, Texas paused and then rolled back its reopening measures under orders from Gov. Abbott. Bars were closed and restaurant capacity was limited to 50%.

Bar owners across the state, including one from Kilgore, have sued Abbott for the second shutdown of business. In Smith County alone on Tuesday, more than 50 new cases were confirmed.

Patrick told Ingraham that “We’ll listen to a lot of science, we’ll listen to a lot of doctors and Governor Abbott, myself and other state leaders will make the decision — no thank you, Dr. Fauci.”

Abbott has said that his biggest regret during the pandemic has been that he reopened bars too quickly. Data has shown that many of the new cases have come from young people.

Patrick said that the stoppage on bars was “the right decision” and that the state needs “help from young people to bring the cases down.

Back in March, Patrick said in an interview on FOX News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that seniors “should not sacrifice the country” in response to the coronavirus quarantine orders.

“No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping America that America loves for its children and grandchildren?’ And if that is the exchange, I’m all in,” Patrick said.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on March 23

Patrick offered the following statement after this story was first published.

Patrick Statement on Fauci Criticism of Texas

HOUSTON TX – Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued the following statement today:

“On the same day that presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden announced he would put Anthony Fauci on his team if he is elected president, Dr. Fauci took a swipe at Republican states and COVID19 — specifically charging that Texas had “skipped over” some steps in our plan to fight the pandemic. It is notable that Dr. Fauci did not criticize Andrew Cuomo’s deadly decisions in New York or California’s strategy, whose months long draconian lock down has had no impact on case numbers there. Note that the death rate in New York is 161 per hundred thousand, while Texas is 8.3 per hundred thousand. The California death rate is almost twice that of Texas.

“As I said, when it comes to public policy, I have consulted with many doctors, scientists and hospital administrators, but going forward, I will not be listening to Dr. Fauci because he makes wild statements off the cuff that are not useful. Recall, Dr. Fauci has said:

On Jan 23, Dr. Fauci told Newsmax that the coronavirus was “not a major threat.”

On Jan 24, Dr. Fauci said that he feels China is being more transparent with the world this time than it was during previous outbreaks, such as the 2003 SARS outbreak. “This time around from my perception they look like they’re being quite transparent,” he said.

On Jan 28, Dr. Fauci said, “The driver of respiratory outbreaks is symptomatic people, not asymptomatic carriers.”

On Feb 17, Dr. Fauci said the risk of coronavirus in the US is “really very minimal because there really are only 15 cases now, in addition to those who were shipped here.”

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Fauci went on to say the cases “were identified, they were isolated, and the contacts were traced.” He said the soonest a vaccine for the novel coronavirus could make it through the development process and clinical trials is “at least a year to a year and a half.”

On Mar 8, Dr. Fauci said, “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.” While masks may block some droplets, Fauci said, they do not provide the level of protection people think they do. Wearing a mask may also have unintended consequences: People who wear masks tend to touch their face more often to adjust them, which can spread germs from their hands.

“Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Fauci has been all over the map in terms of estimates on both cases and fatalities ranging from no impact to 2 million deaths, back down to a 100,000 to 200,000 deaths.”

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