Dr. Oz calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant,' challenges him to debate

GOP Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, more commonly known as "Dr. OzMehmet OzThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Pennsylvania Republican David McCormick launches Senate campaign McCormick stepping down from hedge fund to consider Pennsylvania Senate bid MORE" from his TV program "The Dr. Oz Show," called infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion A newspaper crosses an uncrossable line to 'punish' a class of Americans Bill Maher pushes back on Fauci: 'Don't sit there in your white coat and tell me "just do what we say"' MORE a “petty tyrant” and challenged him to a debate on COVID-19.

It's past time Fauci faces the fact that he got COVID wrong. So, doctor to doctor – let's debate. This Doctor is in, are you?” Oz said in a tweet Thursday while posting a campaign ad attacking Fauci

“Let’s get the facts straight here. You and me. Let’s have a debate, doctor to doctor, and give the American people the truth about COVID-19. I’m game. Anytime. Anywhere. Dr. FauciAnthony FauciOmicron could be peaking in the US — but experts urge caution Sunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion A newspaper crosses an uncrossable line to 'punish' a class of Americans MORE, are you in?” Oz said in the campaign video.

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Fauci has been under attack by Republicans throughout the pandemic, as many in the party disagree with how the country's leading infectious diseases expert has guided the U.S. through the coronavirus. 

Oz said on Newsmax on Thursday that he wants to debate Fauci on vaccine mandates, natural immunity from COVID-19 infections and delays with drugs such as monoclonal antibodies. 

“He is a petty tyrant. He got COVID wrong. He continues to get it wrong,” Oz told the outlet, noting that “doctors like me” think Fauci has not managed the pandemic correctly. 

Oz’s popularity grew out of "The Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyPrince Harry and Meghan treat Atlanta's King Center to Black-owned food trucks for MLK Day Dr. Oz calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant,' challenges him to debate Best and worst crisis management in 2021 MORE Show,” on which he regularly appeared as a health expert more than a decade ago. 

In 2009, he started "The Dr. Oz Show.” The health-themed talk show will end Jan. 14 as Oz starts his run for office.