“A deep-state Hillary Clinton-loving henchman,” read one Saturday heading on the American Thinker, a far-right website that published an email published by WikiLeaks, in which Fauci praised Clinton for her testimony in Benghazi as Secretary of State.
“Guy was a mole from Hillary,” pro-Trump podcaster Bill Mitchell tweeted on Monday.
“Disrespectful,” read a headline Monday on the right gateway Pundit, comparing Fauci to the overthrown General Stanley McChrystal.
The narrative has even started migrating to Fox News, an important source of information for the President.
“He’ll still have a job in the end, whatever happens,” argued Fox News presenter Steve Hilton during his Sunday evening monologue on “The Next Revolution.” “Our ruling class and their TV mouthpieces, which raise fear of this virus, can afford an indefinite shutdown.”
Fauci’s exposure to conservative media circles could play a crucial role in the coming days, as the country is at the end of a 15-day period of social distancing and business closings to slow the outbreak of the corona virus. While public health officials like Fauci have warned that the country is likely to extend this period, Trump and his team signal that they plan to get people back to work soon, if possible by mid-April. The clues from right-wing media, however divided they may be, could affect how much Trump listens to Fauci.
“He obviously has the President’s support right now, but a lot of people on the right at the base are extremely skeptical about this whole coronavirus issue,” said Lee Stranahan, the moderator of Fault Lines at Sputnik Radio, a Von der Russe Government supported media. According to researchers and government officials, the corona virus has killed hundreds and nearly 20,000 people worldwide, overwhelmed hospitals, and impacted global medical care in the United States. Cases and deaths are expected to increase further in the coming days.
At the moment, Fauci – director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 – still has the respect of large parts of Trump’s followers, reflecting the unique cracks that occurred in the MAGA movement during the corona virus. Trump supporters who praise Fauci also tend to believe that the president should take swift and rigorous measures and keep the economy under control as long as possible to keep the corona virus under control.
In earlier, non-pandemic times, the right would likely have been agreed upon by a government official who has argued publicly with the president. But this time, reliable Trump boosters like Breitbart and most of the Fox News stall leave him alone.
“I think he is obviously excellent in his work and I think he is aware that he is on this stage to offer details and to speak finesse and he seems to be cool with it,” said Raheem Kassam, who former publisher of Breitbart London and moderator of the podcast “War Room”.
Fauci’s criticism of the palace’s intrigue about his relationship with Trump has loved this crowd even more.
“Mainstream media and several journalists, particularly those related to the White House press corps, are deliberately trying to get Fauci to contradict Trump for a juicy conflict in the middle of a pandemic,” said Stephen Miller, a conservative media columnist who contributes The Spectator USA, the American division of the long-standing conservative British outlet.
The New York Times published an article on Monday propose The president lost patience with Fauci’s willingness to oppose him in public and in interviews, although the NIAID director did everything to praise Trump for more conservative media.