Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) posted a video smearing Dr. Anthony Fauci and tech companies with coronavirus disinformation, and she was fact-checked and criticized.
The Tennessee Republican baselessly claimed China had engineered the deadly pandemic with Fauci's help, and she misleadingly claimed the infectious disease expert had consulted with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg about tricking the public to take health precautions.
"Dr. Fauci was emailing with Mark Zuckerberg trying to create that narrative, cherry picking information so that you would only know what they wanted to know -- what they wanted you to know, and there would be a narrative that fit with this cherry-picked information," Blackburn said. "The second thing [to] be aware of, it was Dr. Fauci and his agency that wrote that check, sent that money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to do this coronavirus research.
Her bizarre claims were not well received.
How is this person a *United States Senator*?? Why don’t we talk more about the fact that only one party has people… https://t.co/BsWVK1OQ2f— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan) 1623162702.0
@brooklynmarie @MarshaBlackburn It allmost seems like she and Trump are working on inciting their mouth-breathing,… https://t.co/SZVDzRRfln— Ghost of Nobody’s Shadow (@Ghost of Nobody’s Shadow) 1623173155.0
Would you take medical advice from this person? Or really any advice at all? Jeez, the whole idea of being stupid o… https://t.co/G4HSUg99Ql— Brad Gilbert (@Brad Gilbert) 1623174246.0
@FrankAmari2 @MarshaBlackburn 600k people of both parties cannot refute or retweet this.— Michael Thomas (@Michael Thomas) 1623163289.0
@MarshaBlackburn What about investigating how the Trump administration downplayed the early days of the virus which… https://t.co/ffp9VlAK8a— G. "Clay" Mitchell (@G. "Clay" Mitchell) 1623162825.0
@RachelJSlur @MarshaBlackburn Could be worse. Look who I get... https://t.co/TZAbuAY0j1— Dan Vaughn (@Dan Vaughn) 1623163510.0
@MarshaBlackburn I don’t think it was a secret big tech was trying to keep since they were literally discussing mak… https://t.co/7u4caxKd7F— Dana Weiss (Taylor's Version) (@Dana Weiss (Taylor's Version)) 1623173298.0
I love that these Republican senators are now attacking Facebook which spread the disinformation that helped to bri… https://t.co/FccGElGH1P— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1623172248.0