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Joy Behar advises Fauci to quit coronavirus task force, become cable news 'media darling'

Joy Behar advises Fauci to quit coronavirus task force, become cable news 'media darling'
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ABC's Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharJoy Behar spars with Meghan McCain: 'I did not miss you' while you were on maternity leave 'The View' hosts urge Trump to take COVID-19 vaccine publicly Joy Behar advises Fauci to quit coronavirus task force, become cable news 'media darling' MORE is advising Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils COVID-19 relief plan | Post-holiday surge hits new deadly records | Senate report faults 'broken' system for insulin price hikes Should there be a 'Secretary of Thought'? Post-holiday COVID-19 surge hits new deadly records MORE to quit the White House coronavirus task force and become a cable news “media darling.”

"The View" co-host's advice came on Monday after “fire Fauci” chants popped up at one of President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE's rallies over the weekend. The president responded by saying he appreciated the advice and suggested he may oust Fauci, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, after the presidential election.

“First off, these people chant more than a swami I used to date,” Behar said after the show played a clip from the Trump rally on Saturday in Florida. “Here’s the thing with Fauci and the tone-deafness and stupidity of Trump. Number one, I was a civil servant, OK. You can’t fire a civil servant so easily. It’s impossible."

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"But I would say he would be doing Fauci a favor if he could fire him. Fauci needs to quit. Get off of Trump's bandwagon all together and go on television and become the media darling at CNN, MSNBC, and I bet they’ll put you on at Fox," she added.

Trump has been at odds with Fauci over the White House response to the pandemic. In a Washington Post interview published Saturday, Fauci warned the U.S. "could not possibly be positioned more poorly" going into the cold weather months in its battle against the virus.

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“We’re in for a whole lot of hurt,” Fauci told the Post.

“It’s not a good situation. All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly,” he said.

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 230,000 over the weekend as cases continue to rise, according to Johns Hopkins University.