Public feuding broke out on Saturday between two of the most critical doctors involved in America's COVID-19 pandemic.
It started when Dr. Tony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious-disease expert, criticized controversial neuroradiologist Dr. Scott Atlas in an interview with The Washington Post.
“I have real problems with that guy,” Fauci said. “He’s a smart guy who’s talking about things that I believe he doesn’t have any real insight or knowledge or experience in. He keeps talking about things that when you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn’t make any sense.”
Atlas then attacked Fauci on Twitter with a string of hashtags.
Will Saletan, national correspondent for Slate, suggested the argument would backfire on the administration by being a top topic on the Sunday morning shows.
COVID is the worst subject for the White House to be talking about just before the election. And they're guaranteei… https://t.co/rFEXHeS6ud— Will Saletan (@Will Saletan)1604195386.0
Here's what others were saying about the Atlas tweet:
@SWAtlasHoover Just because you spent a dozen years attacking Obama and his policies does not give you one iota of… https://t.co/Z8Daz9vT4J— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman))))1604195401.0
@SWAtlasHoover You 👏🏽are👏🏽 a 👏🏽hack.👏🏽. Former Stanford colleagues warn Dr. Scott Atlas fosters 'falsehoods and mi… https://t.co/6UDlfer0uI— stb-No Covid liability shields for employers, GOP! (@stb-No Covid liability shields for employers, GOP!)1604197311.0
@SWAtlasHoover #SnakeOilScott https://t.co/Gt2lNAsv6v— Autarkh (@Autarkh)1604195229.0
@SWAtlasHoover Fighting a global pandemic and a "medical" advisor to president thinks it's relevant that the world'… https://t.co/GeqqI7eMKy— NKC (@NKC)1604194448.0
@SWAtlasHoover You’re a fool. And soon you’ll return to the obscurity of the corner soapbox crank you are.— Mark Salter (@Mark Salter)1604195823.0
@SWAtlasHoover Paper for reference: https://t.co/zpzAIHqWKN— Timothy Verstynen PhD (@Timothy Verstynen PhD)1604195565.0
@SWAtlasHoover Says the guy with no epidemiological or public health background .. a radiologist with a libertarian… https://t.co/lbaLcd4cX7— Cathy (@Cathy)1604197048.0
There are a thousand people dying a day, hospitals are at capacity in a number of regions, and we just set a record… https://t.co/8UzP6SRYUh— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1604196817.0
The administration is just filled with petty, worthless cranks like this guy. In the most important positions, maki… https://t.co/egteXyCr7s— Centrism Fan Acct 🔹 (@Centrism Fan Acct 🔹)1604195997.0
wtf is this mean girls instagram shit? https://t.co/h4KQXKrfkk— Noam Blum (@Noam Blum)1604196396.0
Someone who has a nice sinecure at the Hoover Institution accusing someone else of being overtly political is more… https://t.co/Sdu67j1of6— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1604197067.0
It's like the 6th grade. Except with lives at stake. 'Can't throw a ball'? https://t.co/XJr3LMzanV— Maggie Fox (@Maggie Fox)1604194142.0
This is Scott Atlas's response to Anthony Fauchi's interview. Atlas is a disgrace to the administration, to the H… https://t.co/kwhR2KCdcU— Christopher Orr (@Christopher Orr)1604194441.0
Oh no, I didn't know the 79 year old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases had a ba… https://t.co/BghFUECULn— OVERTURN THE MALARKEY (@OVERTURN THE MALARKEY)1604197926.0