Meghan McCain faces backlash after calling for Dr. Fauci's firing, complaining about vaccine rollout
Tuesday - 23/02/2021 09:50
Meghan McCain is facing backlash after she called for the firing of Dr. Anthony Fauci because she hadn't received the COVID-19 vaccine.
During Monday’s episode of "The View," McCain shared how "frustrated" she is with Dr. Fauci following his appearance on CNN’s "State of the Union." McCain played a brief segment of his interview with CNN's Dana Bash, during which Fauci declined to recommend whether vaccinated grandparents are safe to see their unvaccinated grandchildren yet.
"There will be recommendations coming out. I don’t want to be making a recommendation now on public TV," said Fauci, the Biden administration's top health adviser. "I would want to sit down with the team and take a look at that."
On Monday, McCain, 36, said the fact that Fauci "can’t tell me that if I get the vaccine, if I’ll be able to have dinner with my family" is "terribly inconsistent messaging."
Although she wants "to be responsible and obviously wait my turn," McCain called the rollout a "disaster" and suggested that she should've already been vaccinated.
"The fact that I, Meghan McCain, co-host of 'The View,' don’t know when or how I will be able to get a vaccine because the rollout for my age range and my health is so nebulous, I have no idea when and how I get it,” McCain said. "I want to get it. If you call me at three o’clock in the morning, I will go any place at any time to get it.”
She continued: "I, for one, would like something to look forward to and to hope for because if getting the vaccine means that just nothing changes and we have to wait another few years until everyone gets it, there’s already a lot of people not getting it."
McCain stuck by her criticisms Tuesday morning via Twitter, calling Fauci's messaging "incredibly inconsistent and confusing."
"I voiced my frustration honestly... I represent the feelings of many Americans," she wrote. "I also believe sainting our public figures to infallibility is dangerous and irrational."
She also responded to Twitter user @VinGuptaMD's message that read: "So misguided to see people like @MeghanMcCain calling for the replacement of Dr Fauci."
"He told me not to wear a mask and that masks don’t work when I was 3 months pregnant in the middle of Manhattan. He then later admitted it was an intentional lie so we would donate masks to essential workers. Now I’m being told to wear 2 masks," she wrote. "But yes I’m 'misguided.'"
In February 2020, when news of COVID-19 was just beginning to hit the United States, Fauci told USA TODAY, "Now, in the United States, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to wear a mask," adding at that time the danger of COVID-19 was "just minuscule."
He still encouraged people to take other precautionary measures for the seasonal flu, which would also help protect against potential coronavirus threats: "Wash your hands as frequently as you can. Stay away from crowded places where people are coughing and sneezing. If in fact you are coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth," he said.