Liz Cheney Defends Fauci In The Face Of Conservative Attacks On Health Official

UNITED STATES - JUNE 4: Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., chair of the House Republican Conference, conducts a news conference after a meeting off the onference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) chair of the House Republican Conference, conducts a news conference after a meeting in the Capitol Visitor Center on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) defended White House task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday night as he comes under fire from pro-Trump conservatives for speaking out against reopening the U.S. at this stage of the COVID-19 outbreak, as President Donald Trump has advocated.

Cheney, a member of GOP leadership as House Republican Conference chair, called Fauci “one of the finest public servants we have ever had” via Twitter.

“He is not a partisan. His only interest is saving lives,” the GOP leader tweeted. “We need his expertise and his judgment to defeat this virus.”

“All Americans should be thanking him. Every day,” she continued.

Though Cheney did not mention any one person in particular, her tweet came after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Fauci during a Senate hearing that he “ought to have a little bit of humility” regarding the health official’s warning against reopening the U.S. prematurely.

“We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side who are saying there’s not going to be a surge and that we can safely open the economy,” the GOP senator said.

Additionally, Fox News and outspoken loyalist to President Donald Trump host Tucker Carlson had railed against Fauci on Tuesday night, calling him an “unelected official” whom the “Democratic establishment are clamoring to give even more power.”

Other pro-Trump media figures have targeted Fauci as well, as has Trump’s fanbase online.

Though he’s reportedly been assigned extra security detail after receiving threats, Fauci seems unfazed by the attacks.

“There are things about it that are sometimes disturbing,” he said during an NBC interview in early April. “But you just focus on the job you have to do, and just put all that stuff aside and try as best as possible not to pay attention to it.”

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: