Republican Senator Rand Paul gave just two words in response to news of recently unearthed emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Thousands of emails were collected by Buzzfeed News and hundreds more were reviewed by The Washington Post through the Freedom of Information Act. The emails show Fauci's responses to critiques as he worked to inform the U.S. of the dangers of COVID-19 as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Along with the hashtag #firefauci, Paul wrote, "Told you" in a tweet.
He later added in another tweet: "Can’t wait to see the media try to spin the Fauci FOIA emails."
Told you 👀
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 2, 2021
The senator has openly criticized Fauci on social media and in interviews for his stance on herd immunity, wearing masks even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as his dismissal of a theory suggesting COVID-19 may have originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China which has gained more credibility in recent weeks despite snubbing the idea early in the pandemic.
Paul has also condemned Fauci's comments made during a May 25 congressional hearing that a $600,000 federal grant from NIAID did not fund the lab's gain of function research, which includes research that involves modifying a virus to make it more infectious among humans beings.
The grant was given to a group called EcoHealth Alliance, which then paid the Wuhan Institute of Virology to investigate the risks that bat coronaviruses could infect humans.
In the released emails, Fauci also said that store-bought masks would not be completely effective in protecting the user from COVID-19.
In a response to an emailed query from February about wearing masks while traveling via plane, Fauci said, "Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection."
He added that the "typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material."