Conservative commentator Candace Owens has taken to Twitter to attack Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, calling for his firing and for him to be sent to prison.
Owens’ incendiary comments came after hundreds of pages of Fauci’s emails were released under the Freedom of Information Act earlier this week. BuzzFeed News obtained more than 3,200 pages of emails sent and received by the White House’s chief medical adviser that have been made available online, while The Washington Post received more than 860 pages, some of which are also available to read.
Spanning the duration of COVID-19’s first wave between January and June 2020, the emails dealt with a variety of issues, including mask wearing, the doctor’s discomfort with being in the public eye and a Bill Gates adviser being worried about his health. On Wednesday, Owens, a conservative author and television host who is an ardent support of former President Donald Trump, called for the firing of the U.S.’s leading infectious disease expert and his imprisonment. “Firing Fauci does not go far enough,” Owens said. “Anthony Fauci needs to be tried and put into federal prison. He ruined millions of lives via depression, bankruptcy, suicide, & preyed on children via school. He (and many others) have taken part in the crime of the century. We all knew it.”
When speaking of depression, bankruptcy and suicide, Owens appears to be referring to strict lockdowns some states have had to go into as an indirect result of Dr. Fauci’s advice to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newsweek has contacted Fauci’s team and Owens.
The trove of emails that were released earlier this week revealed that Fauci was uncomfortable with the public’s obsession with him, after he became a figure of much public attention during the pandemic. The emails also revealed scientific experts who worked with the doctor were worried that the features of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind COVID-19, could have looked engineered.
The email dump also revealed that in February 2020, Fauci said that face masks were “not really effective in keeping out the virus.” In April 2020, the guidance from Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), and other experts changed and wearing masks was widely recommended.
Owens has a history of criticizing the NIAID director. In May, she took to Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News to blast the infectious disease expert after he said that coronavirus exposed the “undeniable effects of racism” on Black people in the U.S. Owens accused Fauci of “making this stuff up as he goes along” and that his comments on racism and COVID “made no sense.” Carlson himself has repeatedly attacked Fauci.
“If he’s concerned about systemic racism and talking about how COVID might affect black people, I think what he’s hinting at is obesity. We [Black Americans] represent a higher percentage of people that are obese, and obesity is the number one killer in America. He might be onto something there, but it has nothing to do with race.”