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ABC’s “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg had a meltdown for the ages on Wednesday and slammed critics of Dr. Anthony Fauci. Goldberg revealed that she had COVID-19 and awkwardly began shouting. “it will kill you.”
“Now that suggestion set… people’s heads exploded from outrage,” Goldberg said. “A lot of conservatives who posted about how much they hate Dr. Fauci, that they would rather get Covid than ever test again — let me explain something to you as somebody who’s just come off it again. And not a nice, light, you know, because I came off a tough a– [COVID diagnosis], OK? You don’t want to get this. It’s not funny. You don’t want this. This will kill you! What’s the matter with you people?”
Co-host Joy Behar claimed COVID did not kill Goldberg because she had received a booster shot.
“If you are not boosted, you could die. That’s the point. People write on Twitter or someplace, ‘You see? Whoopi got it, and she has the vaccinations.’ Yeah, but Whoopi’s sitting there. She’s not in a casket, thank you,” Behar said.
“And people who are immunocompromised, you know, I have to stay well, so I don’t hurt anybody else. This is how we take care of each other. I don’t understand how a suggestion for making your life perhaps better for the holidays makes people crazy,” Behar continued.
“Why do people hate watch Dr. Fauci? If you don’t like him, like, carry on. Like, there are other channels. There are other things to do, it’s not like he got you to wear a mask or do anything else… So just carry on. Keep doing your nonmasking,” co-host Sara Haines said.
Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin also praised Fauci and said that conservatives blamed him for everything they disliked about COVID policies. A former top Trump White House official, Farah Griffin joined her co-hosts in questioning Fauci’s critics.
“I think a lot in my party blamed him for everything they disliked about COVID policies. But he’s not an economic adviser. So if you don’t like that states closed down because of COVID or businesses closed down, that was not Dr. Fauci’s, an infectious disease doctor’s decision to do that or even things like discussions around masking,” she said.
Earlier this week, Republican Rep. Andy Biggs issued a brutal warning to Fauci after he gave his last address to reporters before leaving government.
“Fauci is scheduled to give a final briefing today before he leaves government. He thinks resigning will prevent him from being held accountable. He’s wrong. We’ll be bringing him in ASAP,” the representative said.
Fauci is scheduled to give a final briefing today before he leaves government.
He thinks resigning will prevent him from being held accountable.
We'll be bringing him in ASAP.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 22, 2022
It comes a month after Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul threatened an investigation into Fauci if Republicans won in the midterms.
Paul said he plans to subpoena Fauci’s records if Republicans retake the Senate and he becomes chairman of a committee.
“If we win in November, if I’m chairman of a committee, if I have subpoena power, we’ll go after every one of [Fauci’s] records,” Paul said. “We’ll have an investigator go through this piece-by-piece because we don’t need this to happen again.”
Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan made similar comments, saying Republicans will “uncover” what Fauci knew about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
Republican Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall, an ally to Jordan, released Fauci’s financial records. The records appear to show that Fauci and his wife have a combined net worth of around $10 million.
Records also showed that Fauci and his wife were paid tens of thousands of dollars to attend four galas and ceremonies — three of them virtual — during the pandemic.
Reps. Steve Scalise R-La., James Comer, R-Ky., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ripped the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a position he announced he will vacate by the end of the year, over a grant provided to controversial COVID-19 scientist Peter Daszak.
According to the New York Post, the grant amount was $3.3 million and was being administered by Fauci’s agency.
“On September 21, 2022, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases [NIAID], which you currently lead, awarded EcoHealth Alliance a new grant to study bat coronaviruses in Asia,” the three Republicans wrote in their letter, according to Newsmax.
“You awarded this new grant to EcoHealth despite NIAID’s parent agency, the National Institutes of Health [NIH], finding that EcoHealth had failed to comply with the terms of previous coronavirus grants and even canceling a subaward to the Wuhan Institute of Virology [WIV] for potentially dangerous research that may have contributed to the COVID-19 pandemic,” they added.
🚨🚨 Fauci is giving EcoHealth more taxpayer money even after they violated their last contract by conducting risky research at the Wuhan lab.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 13, 2022
“Your decision to fund EcoHealth is especially galling because the company continued to stonewall information gathering about the grant-funded work it previously financed at the WIV. NIH has requested all U.S. taxpayer-funded laboratory notebooks and experiment results from EcoHealth’s research conducted at the WIV. As of today, however, EcoHealth has yet to supply the records sought by NIH,” the lawmakers continued.
“It’s outrageous that the result of U.S. taxpayer-funded experiments are unavailable to the U.S. government,” the letter continued, as the lawmakers demanded that he turn over various documents and then make time on his schedule to provide them with a briefing.