Rand Paul again rips Dr. Anthony Fauci over coronavirus: ‘We just need more optimism’ – By Ben Tobin (Louisville Courier Journal) / June 30 2020
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday over the United States’ coronavirus response in round two of a confrontation between the junior senator from Kentucky and the nation’s foremost COVID-19 public health expert.
During a Senate committee hearing in Washington, D.C., Paul told Fauci it is a “fatal conceit that central planners have enough knowledge to tell a nation of 330 million people what they can and can’t do.”
Paul, a Republican and frequent supporter of President Donald Trump, also criticized Fauci for a lack of “certitude” when it comes to advice on whether children should be allowed to go back to school in the fall amid the pandemic.
“Guess what — it’s rare for kids to transmit this,” Paul said, pointing to examples from Belgium, Germany and France, among other countries. “But I hear nothing of that coming from you. All I hear, Dr. Fauci, is ‘we can’t do this, we can’t do that, we can’t play baseball.’ Well, even that’s not based on the science.