‘He’s so intimidated by Fauci!’ Rand Paul dunked in ridicule after getting brutally fact-checked again
U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaking with attendees at the 2019 Young Americans for Liberty Convention at the Best Western Premier Detroit Southfield Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. (Gage Skidmore)

Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared before Congress for another coronavirus hearing, and few were surprised that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tried to tangle with the esteemed immunologist.

The Kentucky Republican, himself an ophthalmologist, challenges Fauci nearly every time he updates Senate committees on the pandemic and then gets fact-checked by the physician.

"The SARS virus had a 15-precent mortality rate and we are fighting a pandemic that has about a 1-percent mortality [rate]," Paul said in Tuesday's exchange. "Can you imagine if a SARS virus that has been juiced up and had viral proteins added to it, if that were released accidentally? Do still support funding of the NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?"

Fauci quickly corrected the senator, saying his assertions weren't based in fact.

"With all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan institute," Fauci said. "We do not fund -- Dr. [Ralph] Baric does not do gain of function research, and if it is, it is according to the guidelines and is being conducted in North Carolina."

Many observers indicated they were sick of Paul, who later tried to clean up the mess on Twitter, and his antics.