Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump on what would prevent 2024 bid: 'I guess a bad call from a doctor' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior — CDC panel approves boosters for some, but not based on jobs Fauci: 'Worst time' for a government shutdown is in middle of pandemic MORE, the country's leading infectious diseases expert and chief medical adviser to President BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE, and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 White House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ky.), an ophthalmologist and member of the Senate Health Committee, have frequently clashed in hearings throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
In the latest tense exchange on Tuesday, Fauci told Paul, “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
But it was just the latest entry in a long line of scuffles between the two figures who represent the wide rift in beliefs around COVID-19.
Paul, who recovered from the virus last year and has said he will not be vaccinated, has called Fauci a “petty tyrant” and accused him of writing “science fiction” while promoting unnecessary health restrictions. Fauci has maintained Paul is promoting false health facts and downplaying the coronavirus.
Here are six of Fauci and Paul’s conflicts over the past year and a half.
May 12, 2020: Paul urges more ‘humility’ from Fauci
Rand Paul: "Dr. FauciAnthony FauciTrump on what would prevent 2024 bid: 'I guess a bad call from a doctor' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior — CDC panel approves boosters for some, but not based on jobs Fauci: 'Worst time' for a government shutdown is in middle of pandemic MORE, I don't think you're the end-all, I don't think you're the one person that gets to make a decision..."— The Hill (@thehill) May 12, 2020
Dr. Fauci: "Sen. Paul, I have never made myself out to be the end-all & only voice of this. I'm a scientist, a physician, and a public health official." pic.twitter.com/kp28BusfUL
“I have never made myself out to be the end-all and only voice of this. I'm a scientist, a physician, and a public health official,” Fauci told Paul, in their first face-to-face clash.
June 30, 2020: Paul tells Fauci to provide 'more optimism' on virus
Believing Fauci to be overly cautious on his assessment of the coronavirus, Paul advised the doctor to lighten up during a congressional hearing, telling him “We just need more optimism. There is good news out there, and we’re not getting it,” Paul told Fauci.
September 23, 2020: Fauci corrects Paul on herd immunity
Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump on what would prevent 2024 bid: 'I guess a bad call from a doctor' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior — CDC panel approves boosters for some, but not based on jobs Fauci: 'Worst time' for a government shutdown is in middle of pandemic MORE rejects Sen. Rand Paul's comments about COVID-19 herd immunity:— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) September 23, 2020
"You are not listening to what the director of the CDC said, that — in New York — it's about 22 percent. If you believe 22 percent is herd immunity, I believe you're alone in that." pic.twitter.com/h3nlDP7rtj
"If you believe 22 percent is herd immunity, I believe you're alone in that," Fauci told Paul. Visibly frustrated and raising his voice in response to Paul’s claims that New York was building herd immunity, he said Paul was “not listening” to health officials.
March 18, 2021: Paul argues wearing a mask is ‘theater’
During another hearing, Paul argued there were no studies that could prove masks were required after vaccination or infection from COVID-19.
"You're making policy based on conjecture!" Paul said. "You've been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show," he continued. "If you already have immunity, you're wearing a mask to give comfort to others. You're not wearing a mask because of any science.”
May 11, 2021: Fauci and Paul argue over the origins of the virus
.@RandPaul: "Dr. Fauci, do you still support...NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?"— CSPAN (@cspan) May 11, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect..."
Full video: https://t.co/ILTKlTSQdC pic.twitter.com/t0HxwsWXmm
When Paul accused the National Institutes of Health of funding “gain of function” research at the Wuhan Institute, pressing Fauci on the theory that the novel coronavirus was created in the Wuhan lab.
Fauci denied the allegation that the NIH funded gain of function research at the institute, telling Paul: “You are entirely and completely incorrect.”
July 20, 2021: Paul accuses Fauci of lying to Congress
“Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about.”— The Recount (@therecount) July 20, 2021
— Dr. Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) accuses him of lying to Congress about gain-of-function research in Wuhan lab. pic.twitter.com/aGhn3ua9r0
Fauci told Paul “you do not know what you are talking about” after Paul accused him of lying to Congress about the origins of the coronavirus. Paul later told Fox News he planned on requesting a criminal referral into Fauci.