Fauci clashes with Paul, says attacks kindle 'the crazies'

White House chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciKid Rock releases anti-Biden, anti-Fauci single with a 'Let's go, Brandon' chorus Fauci: Omicron-specific vaccines 'prudent' but may be unnecessary Conservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul MORE accused Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 I'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back MORE (R-Ky.) of putting him in danger with personal attacks during the pair's latest clash on Tuesday.

During a Senate Health Committee hearing on the government's response to the omicron variant, Paul went after Fauci on several topics, including blaming Fauci for school closures and conflating emails purportedly about the origins of the virus, among other issues.

"This happens all the time. You personally attack me, with absolutely not a shred of evidence of anything you say. So I would like to make something clear to the committee: You're doing this for political reasons," Fauci told Paul.

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Fauci pointed out that the police in Iowa recently arrested an armed man just before Christmas who claimed he was traveling from Sacramento to Washington, D.C., in order to "kill Dr. FauciAnthony FauciKid Rock releases anti-Biden, anti-Fauci single with a 'Let's go, Brandon' chorus Fauci: Omicron-specific vaccines 'prudent' but may be unnecessary Conservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul MORE."

According to reports at the time, the man was arrested in possession of an assault rifle and ammunition, as well as a "kill list" of people he planned to attack in D.C., including Fauci, President BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE and former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team Perdue proposes election police force in Georgia To boost economy and midterm outlook, Democrats must pass clean energy bill MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhat does the Preamble to the Constitution have to do with Build Back Better? White House underscores action amid violent crime streak Biden frustration with Fox News breaks through surface MORE.

"So I ask myself why would [the] senator want to do this? You go to Rand Paul website, and you see 'fire Dr. Fauci' with a little box that says 'contribute here!' You can do $5, $10, $20, $100. So you are making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain," Fauci told Paul. 

"What happens when he gets out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue, all of a sudden that kindles the crazies out there, and I have threats upon my life, harassment of my family, and my children will have seen phone calls because people are lying about me," Fauci told the Senate committee. 

During one exchange, Paul pressed Fauci over an email and accused the expert of trying to "attack scientists who disagree with you." 

"You just do the same thing every hearing," Fauci told him. "You're absolutely incorrect, as usual, senator."