Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced an amendment on Monday that would see Dr. Anthony Fauci be fired, and eliminate his job altogether.
Paul said that “petty tyrant” Fauci’s position as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease needed to be de-centralized, so that no one could ever be a “dictator in chief” of public health again.
The amendment would break down the NIAID into three separate and distinct branches for national research institutes, each with its own director. According to Fox News, this would include the National Institute of Allergic Diseases, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and the National Institute of Immunologic Diseases.
Each of these positions would be directors, and would be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for a 5-year term.
“We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, but one lesson in particular is that no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief,’” said Paul. “No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.”
“This will create accountability and oversight into a taxpayer funded position that has largely abused its power, and has been responsible for many failures and misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
In a piece for Fox News, Paul wrote that in his entire career as a physician, he had never seen anyone as big-headed as Fauci, writing: “I had never encountered someone with the gall to proclaim himself ‘the science’ and portray anyone opposing him as ‘attacking science.’ That is, until Dr. Fauci became the COVID dictator-in-chief.”
“The biggest lesson we have learned over the last two years is that no one person should have this much unchecked power,” Paul wrote. “And my amendment, which will get a vote this week, will finally force accountability and fire Dr. Fauci.”