Jun 10 2021
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined The Story with Martha MacCallum to discuss Dr. Fauci’s loss of credibility with the American public and Critical Race Theory. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here.
On Dr. Fauci’s loss of credibility with the American public:
“Here's what’s happened with Dr. Fauci, who I didn't dislike, and actually defended early on in the pandemic... now he's got on the cover of magazines, he has become this national figure, he enjoys a little bit the celebrity that has come with it and the role that he played almost like a super-political, super-governmental role, the central authority that everybody has to listen to. I think he's gotten high on his own supply a little bit here in regards to this, and I think it's gone too far in many cases. It's not that he's speaking out publicly -- you see the statements that he's now making. He sounds more like a political figure [than] he does like a healthcare expert.
“But that's not the reason why I think that he should be fired. I think that the reason he should be fired is because he's lost a tremendous amount of credibility among the American people. I think he has actually done very significant damage to public health. People the next time we have a pandemic are going to remember a time and era where Dr. Fauci knew certain things, that we now knew he did, and he either kept them from the American people or lied by omission...for example... discrediting anyone who even raised the possibility that COVID originated because it was an accident in a lab in Wuhan, China.
“And there are a lot of reasons to believe that is possible, or at least as possible as the zoonotic, which is what he is talking about from an animal to a human. I mean Wuhan is a major metropolitan center, a large, enormous city. There aren’t any bats in Wuhan. They still have not produced the animal that it jumped over from, and we know in the laboratory -- that coincidentally happens to be located in that city -- they conduct experiments on how you can genetically change a virus that occurs naturally to make it infectious and even to make it more infectious to humans. He knew all of this, and he's tried to either lie or lie by omission, and he's lost all credibility. And not just in my mind but a lot of Americans. He's now actually doing harm to science. He's not helping science.”
On Critical Race Theory:
“I think this is hysteria. I think that this is a part of a broader hysteria but also a concerted effort to rewrite the story of America. Critical Race Theory at its core is basically a theory that teaches that Americans are divided between oppressors and oppressed. Oppressors, even though you may not have individually oppressed anybody, [are] inherently evil and need to apologize for things that people did in the past that you had nothing to do with. The oppressed never do anything wrong. And it constantly divides American in these two classes.
“It goes on to tell the story that America for two hundred and forty years has been a symbol of hatred, prejudice, bigotry, white patriarchy, and things of this nature. Not only is it an inaccurate reading of our history, but I actually think it is indoctrination all headed towards a political aim. This is a crazy faculty club theory just ten years ago that now finds itself in the curriculum of our public school systems across the country.”