Dr. Fauci vs. Trump and the real threat to our na­tion’s sur­vival

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION - philkad­ner@gmail.com PHIL KADNER | @scoop2u

Sev­eral months ago, my per­sonal physi­cian sug­gested that I start a cam­paign to make bumper stick­ers and T-shirts fea­tur­ing the slo­gan “Dr. An­thony Fauci: Na­tional Trea­sure.”

I ap­pre­ci­ated the sen­ti­ment. Here was a doc­tor ex­press­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ef­forts of a fel­low physi­cian who had spent his en­tire life in pub­lic ser­vice and now, at the age of 79, seemed to be ev­ery­where re­as­sur­ing the na­tion that if they just wore face masks, washed their hands and prac­ticed so­cial dis­tanc­ing this deadly COVID-19 virus could be held at bay.

But now Fauci, who was a daily pres­ence dur­ing tele­vi­sion brief­ings by the White House virus task force, seem­ingly has dis­ap­peared from sight. He is un­der at­tack from pres­i­den­tial op­er­a­tives who dis­like the fact he has con­tra­dicted Don­ald Trump re­peat­edly. Given Trump’s love of pub­lic adu­la­tion and the lime­light, there is likely some jeal­ously as well, be­cause Fauci has be­come beloved by the pub­lic.

Fauci has cred­i­bil­ity, knowl­edge and in­tegrity, which have never been Trump’s strong points.

So Trump’s thugs are post­ing mis­lead­ing video in­ter­views sug­gest­ing Fauci mis­judged the im­pact of the pan­demic early on. They are pick­ing on him for fail­ing to urge the use of face masks back in Fe­bru­ary, al­though he has re­peat­edly urged their use since then. He is mocked by White House in­sid­ers as “St. Fauci” be­cause he is so re­spected.

This sort of thing is not un­usual. It has be­come a pat­tern in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Peo­ple who have spent their en­tire lives in pub­lic ser­vice, de­voted them­selves to the bet­ter­ment of their na­tion and earned the ad­mi­ra­tion of oth­ers in the same line of work have be­come vic­tims of mud­sling­ing cam­paigns, fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions and so­cial me­dia at­tacks.

They have been driven from of­fice or fired out­right.

And they are re­placed by peo­ple loyal to Trump. In­di­vid­u­als who have a dis­re­gard for the law, the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion and their duty to the na­tion.

In­creas­ingly, a form of far-right fas­cism has taken hold in this na­tion, where the op­po­si­tion is vo­cally strong-armed into sub­mis­sion. The gov­ern­ment is seen as a means of in­creas­ing cor­po­rate prof­its and Wall Street earn­ings, and most of all as a ve­hi­cle for pro­mot­ing Don­ald Trump.

One man who has de­cided that he alone knows what’s best for the na­tion.

As a re­sult, it is likely that thou­sands of peo­ple have died or suf­fered be­cause Don­ald Trump failed to au­tho­rize na­tional test­ing early on. He failed to man­date the wear­ing of face masks when it be­came clear that such a sim­ple thing could save lives. He failed to un­der­stand that ly­ing about the facts would not change them.

Yet the Democrats still un­der­es­ti­mate the men­dac­ity of this man.

They are al­ways shocked. Shocked that he will not al­low his aides to tes­tify be­fore Congress. Amazed that he pub­licly sug­gests he will par­don any­one who keeps silent or lies about crimes com­mit­ted in the White House.

Lis­ten to Trump. He has been clear at all times about his true be­liefs.

Any­one who op­poses him is a liar, a loser and a traitor to his coun­try.

News re­porters are en­e­mies of the state. Democrats are out to de­stroy Trump and there­fore the na­tion. The courts can­not be trusted.

The elec­tion sys­tem is a fraud. Ev­ery­thing, ev­ery neg­a­tive com­ment, ev­ery fact that coun­ters the pres­i­dent’s po­si­tions on any is­sue, are part of a mas­sive hoax in­tended to un­seat him.

The truth is Fauci is a na­tional trea­sure. Sci­ence is a good thing. Wear a face mask. Wash your hands.

If only it were so sim­ple to com­bat the other virus threat­en­ing to de­stroy the health of this na­tion.

AP FILES

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump watches as Dr. An­thony FaucI speaks about the coro­n­avirus in April.

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