Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is potentially facing a campaign against Ivanka Trump in 2022 and appears to be desperately trying to appeal to the far-right supporters of President Donald Trump. In his latest move, Rubio went after National Institute of Health virologist Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Fauci lied about masks in March Dr. Fauci has been distorting the level of vaccination needed for herd immuni… https://t.co/C0BfjavhPH— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1609083916.0
Rubio is either trying to rewrite history or misremembering the early days of the pandemic when the U.S. didn't have access to personal protective equipment. Dr. Fauci, along with many other physicians in the world didn't have all of the facts on the virus back in Jan., Feb, and March of 2020. They knew that the virus was contagious, but thought it was more about touch than respiratory transmission. It's the reason that many Americans were spraying their grocery bags with Lysol and wearing gloves more than masks.
Later in the pandemic, Fauci told people to stop buying surgical masks because doctors, nurses, other first responders and essential workers who had to have masks. Instead, Americans began making their own masks and masks for healthcare workers because they simply weren't available.
There was a loud call from officials for Trump to implement the National Defense Production Act to create more masks, shields and other PPE necessary for the healthcare workers. Using the law, however, would mean Trump would be forced to acknowledge that the coronavirus was more significant than the flu. At the time, he maintained that it would disappear in April when the weather began to get warmer.
By April, however, things only got worse and the state of Maryland went through another country trying to buy masks for his state.
"If we could rapidly increase production of medical masks, public health officials wouldn't be forced to make this tradeoff between effectiveness and availability," Politico reported April 9, 2020. "There have been growing calls, from both the left and the right, to use Title I of the Defense Production Act to effectively nationalize the supply chain of critical medical supplies. This piece of Korean War-era legislation grants the president broad authority to command the production of private industry. President Trump has started using the law, commanding GM, for instance, to begin production of ventilators and preventing mask manufacturer 3M from certain types of medical exports."
As for "distorted" herd immunity. It's unclear what Rubio means, but herd immunity means that 70 percent of Americans would have to garner the antibodies necessary to fight the virus. Using "herd immunity" would result in the deaths of millions of Americans, not hundreds of thousands as the U.S. faces now. It's unknown why Rubio would want more Americans to die.
As usual, the real answer is a little more nuanced than Rubio seems capable of understanding or he's the one who's outright lying to Americans about the facts to score political points.
As for the "elites," Rubio is one of the "elites" who has already received the vaccine.
See the attacks below:
I have had the chance to briefly interact with Dr Fauci and his colleagues and students while at NIH and I can attest he is a solid professional with probably more clinical knowledge than anyone in the field of Infectious Diseases. What “Christian" Marco Rubio is saying is a lie.
— Exploding Trumppopotamus Singh MD 🌊 (@LabyrinthWeaver) December 27, 2020
Marco Rubio got a vaccine before everyone else. So now he can sleep easy while attacking Fauci to score cheap polit… https://t.co/dhc9rqhH3l— Susan Hennessey (@Susan Hennessey)1609098106.0
a week after getting the COVID vaccine early himself despite not being in any known high risk category, Marco Rubio… https://t.co/xDkKvA31Ul— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@Edward-Isaac Dovere)1609087439.0
Marco Rubio just attacked Dr. Fauci, wildly accusing him of “withholding the vaccine” and called him an elitist. Ye… https://t.co/I2xDV6KHlx— Broke Boy (@Broke Boy)1609095102.0
Fauci's comments on herd immunity were stupid. I know the man and would tell him to his face. BUT @marcorubio has b… https://t.co/zIh43oWx1D— Gregg Gonsalves (@Gregg Gonsalves)1609084987.0
In case anyone was wondering why Marco Rubio will never be President, he memorialized it with this single Tweet. He… https://t.co/rjdTChY7ay— @IvoryTurnedIII (@@IvoryTurnedIII)1609088311.0
Trump is playing golf while Americans die and lose their benefits and Marco is such a wimp he decided it was the pe… https://t.co/lCXP8CCvtQ— Retire Rubio (@Retire Rubio)1609098528.0
Marco Rubio, trying to have it both ways. He gets the vaccine ahead of healthcare workers, but now is trying to app… https://t.co/rl2o9DLh1H— Erin Biscoe (@Erin Biscoe)1609097299.0
I can’t imagine @marcorubio having the audacity to try to defame Dr Fauci and his messaging about the vaccine after… https://t.co/fVsW54UO78— Democracy 4 All 😷💛 (@Democracy 4 All 😷💛)1609089421.0
It’s a testament to Rubio’s lack of character that he’ll attack Dr. Fauci but never @realDonaldTrump. Over 330,000… https://t.co/Xl6iWkWnRl— Moe Davis (@Moe Davis)1609086383.0
If you got a coronavirus vaccine months ahead of everyone else then you shouldn’t allowed to slander Dr. Anthony Fauci. CC lil Marco— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1609087821.0
A) Rubio is lying about Fauci. B) He’s literally describing Donald Trump, the man who confessed on tape that he lie… https://t.co/SNsQakbwv5— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈)1609086083.0
@marcorubio Given the extent to which Donald Trump & other Republican “leaders” have LIED to the American people ab… https://t.co/nGTeGjCr6Y— MURRAY🧢🇺🇸 (@MURRAY🧢🇺🇸)1609095684.0
Rubio, takes the damn vaccine before the bulk of the American people and then goes to cast doubt on Dr. Fauci. Yo… https://t.co/QUASFbt0XN— Sailor Michael⚓✈ (@Sailor Michael⚓✈)1609087334.0
What an asshole!! After jumping in front of the line to get vaccinated against a virus he downplayed for months, Ma… https://t.co/7A2SlLh2ki— BlueJay (@BlueJay)1609097569.0
Fauci revised the herd immunity number up, not down As in, more people need to be vaccinated than originally state… https://t.co/eMESzJt4b5— Jen Monroe 🗽🌐 🎧 🦥 (@Jen Monroe 🗽🌐 🎧 🦥)1609097712.0
What a fool. The American people are scientists, doctors? Sure go to Waffle House and have your appendix removed by… https://t.co/JTsKMhKe0Z— Deanna (@Deanna)1609099457.0
Marco Rubio got the #CovidVaccine before Dr. Fauci. That's all you need to know about him.— Rabbi Michael Adam Latz #BlackLivesMatter (@Rabbi Michael Adam Latz #BlackLivesMatter)1609090399.0
Dr. Fauci. Said from the beginning the masks needed to be reserved for health care workers. It’s our government fau… https://t.co/rgGPTttbzI— Marilyn L Mouse (@Marilyn L Mouse)1609098826.0
There are over 300,000 people dead and Marco Rubio is attacking Dr. Fauci, who vehemently told Rubio’s party things… https://t.co/EpV2ImGPL2— Frederick Joseph (@Frederick Joseph)1609100349.0
You are a liar and the Truth is not in you, Little Rubio! You drank the Trumpian kool-aid & Trump nor his GOP base… https://t.co/ejNH5mrzyx— Jean Hughes (@Jean Hughes)1609100511.0
Marco Rubio is a Trump worshipping, bootlicking simp who quotes Bible verses while bowing to the orange man's feet.… https://t.co/AF1KBZoA7f— Jeremy (@Jeremy)1609095988.0