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Dr. Fauci Holds Up ‘Fire Dr. Fauci’ Sign During Hearing With Sen. Rand Paul

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White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci accused Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday of using him for “political gain” while holding up a screenshot allegedly from Paul’s website asking for donations with a picture that reads “Fire Dr. Fauci.”

“The last time we had a committee, or the time before, he was accusing me of being responsible for the death of four-to-five million people, which is really irresponsible. And I say ‘why is he doing that?'” Fauci said, claiming it distracts from focusing on getting through the pandemic and led to him and his family receiving death threats and harassment.

Fauci noted December’s incident when police arrested a man from California who said he was headed to Washington, D.C., to kill Fauci and President Joe Biden.

“So I ask myself, why would a senator want to do this? So go to Rand Paul’s website and you see ‘fire Dr. Fauci’ with a little box that says ‘contribute here,'” Fauci said, holding up a screenshot apparently from Paul’s website showing his face with the caption “Fire Dr. Fauci.”

“You can contribute $5, $10, $20, $100, so you are making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain,” Fauci said before Paul cut him off. (RELATED: ‘If He’s Going To Be Dishonest, He Ought To Be Challenged’: Rand Paul Fires Back After He’s Scolded For Interrupting Fauci)

“You have politically attacked your colleagues and in a politically reprehensible way you attacked their reputations. You won’t defend it, you won’t argue it,” Paul said as someone tried to interject.