National Institute of Health director and White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci is calling for Fox News host Jesse Watters to be fired after the host suggested that activists ambush Fauci and go for a rhetorical “kill shot” to his credibility.
According to The Hill, Fauci believes that Watters is “crazy,” “unaccountable” and “should be fired on the spot.”
The longtime Fox News host made his comments at an event with Turning Point USA, an overtly conservative group, earlier in the week where he said that the doctor’s critics should approach him in public and put pressure on him about his statements and guidance on the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is where you say Dr. Fauci you funded risky research at a sloppy Chinese lab. The same lab that sprung this pandemic on the world. You know what people don’t trust you, don’t you?” Watters said while speaking on stage at the event.
“Boom. He is dead! He’s dead. He’s done. You do that 30 seconds, it’s all you need.” The Five host also asked that activists “be respectful” and identify themselves before addressing Fauci but urged that they record the confrontation and send it to his network and others in the media so that the word can get out.
“Get us that! That’s what we want,” he said. “That changes the whole conversation of the country.”
Some, including Fauci, found the comments to be unacceptable after they began to circulate on the internet with Fauci saying during his appearance on CNN’s New Day Tuesday that the Fox host’s comments were “horrible.”
“That just is such a reflection of the craziness that goes on in society,” Fauci said. “And he’s gonna go, very likely, unaccountable … I mean whatever network he’s on is not going to do anything. I mean that’s crazy, the guy should be fired on the spot.”
Fox News stood up for their host, saying on Tuesday that his comments had been “twisted completely out of context” by his critics and that he was looking for those who believed Fauci’s recommendations were in error to go straight to the source:
“Based on watching the full clip and reading the entire transcript, it’s more than clear that Jesse Watters was using a metaphor for asking hard-hitting questions to Dr. Fauci about gain-of-function research,” the network said.