Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonSenate's antitrust bill would raise consumer prices and lower our competitiveness Sinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform Republicans threaten floor takeover if Democrats weaken filibuster MORE (R-Ark.) slammed White House chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciLet's stop saying 'breakthrough cases' — it isn't helping The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Trump-DeSantis tensions ratchet up MORE on Monday, likening the top infectious disease expert to a bureaucrat who thinks "they are the science."
Cotton, a vocal critic of Fauci, went after President BidenJoe BidenPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Vilsack accuses China of breaking commitments in Trump-era trade deal MORE's top medical adviser during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" a day after Fauci pushed back on GOP criticism of himself.
Fauci told CBS "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan that it was "dangerous" for Republican senators to criticize him, arguing "they're really criticizing science, because I represent science."
"To me, that's more dangerous than the slings and the arrows that get thrown at me. I'm not going to be around here forever, but science is going to be here forever. And if you damage science, you are doing something very detrimental to society long after I leave. And that's what I worry about," he said.
Cotton on Monday blasted Fauci on Fox while reiterating his call for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) head to be investigated, accusing him of lying to Congress about funding "gain-of-function" research in China. Fauci has repeatedly pushed back on such claims before.
"His agency just admitted a few weeks ago that yes, they did in fact, fund gain-of-function research. So there's a lie there. It's either Tony Fauci lying to Congress or his agency after months of stonewalling writing a letter to Congress and admitting it. I suspect it's Tony Fauci lying on the spot in his testimony to Congress," Cotton asserted.
"It's just another example of how these bureaucrats think that they are the science, that they represent the epitome of knowledge," he added.
The Arkansas senator also referred to President Biden and Democrats in the House and Senate as "grubby politicians," adding "they have no business telling [U.S. citizens] what to do."
"That's not the way our democracy functions," he added.
Cotton joins GOP Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulI'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back Rand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN Trump slams Biden, voices unsubstantiated election fraud claims at first rally of 2022 MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine On The Money — Ban on stock trading for Congress gains steam MORE (Texas) in blasting Fauci after the White House adviser suggested in the CBS interview that they were targeting him to distract from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and other scandals associated with the Trump administration.
"The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity," Paul tweeted Sunday.
"Fauci is an unelected technocrat who has distorted science and facts in order to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans. He lives in a liberal world where his smug 'I REPRESENT science' attitude is praised," Cruz added.