It didn’t take long for the #FireTrump and #FireTrumpNotFauci hashtags to emerge after President Donald Trump on Sunday night retweeted a message that declared #FireFauci.
Following Dr. Anthony Fauci’s appearance on CNN Sunday morning, in which he confirmed the U.S. federal government “could have saved more lives” if it had acted earlier and more urgently to address the coronavirus, Trump issued an ominous threat against the widely respective infectious disease specialist by retweeting a post that declared “Time to #FireFauci.”
The attack on Fauci was just one of many Trump posted to the social media platform Sunday night that attempted to defend his management of the outbreak, deflect criticism, and blame others.
Despite the enormous amount of in-depth reporting and public record that documents a “botched” response on numerous fronts, Trump has continued to claim that he acted swiftly and appropriately to the pandemic.
Historian Juan Cole, in his Monday morning column, certainly thinks it’s possible that Rump will replace Dr. Fauci.
“Trump could well get tired of being contradicted by Dr. Fauci, and we know he fires people at the drop of a hat,” writes Cole. “Trump is perfectly capable of installing some suck-up crony as head of the coronavirus task force, someone who would be all right with declaring the pandemic over. Trump has an irrational dislike of the large scale testing and contact tracing method South Korea used to get back to work, and without Fauci there to champion testing, it could fall be the wayside, condemning us to waves of outbreaks and 18 months of on again off again shutdowns.”
His attack on Dr. Fauci drew an avalanche of responses on Twitter:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020
Trump retweets message that says “Time to #FireFauci” after the disease specialist acknowledges that more lives could have been saved if the government had acted sooner to shut down society. https://t.co/S23BtJVOsi
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) April 13, 2020
And where are the tests, Donnie boy? What about the protective equipment for health care workers? Guess you forgot about that. https://t.co/BnEXyu1fD0
— Dean Baker (@DeanBaker13) April 13, 2020
— Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) April 13, 2020
We've GOT the RECEIPTS.
This was ALL Preventable.
Trump knew, played golf, called #coronavirus a hoax, and did NOTHING!
— Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) April 13, 2020
Trump Lashes Out at Fauci & retweeted a message that called for the firing of Fauci
— elenadreams (@elenadreams2) April 13, 2020
Just think of the huge BONUS we'll get when we #DumpTrump – all these buffoons get thrown out TOO! 👍
"YOU'RE FIRED!" ~signed the majority of USA pic.twitter.com/btjebqhimy
— Wyatt Twerp (@WyattFTwerp) April 13, 2020
BREAKING: President Trump's former U.S. Navy doctor Johnny Sins will replace Anthony Fauci as director of NIAID. Sources tell voxdotcom Trump lashes out at Fauci after he advise the President to impose a national lockdown until May 31st. #FireTrumpNotFauci pic.twitter.com/CWcY4qYIga
— Sarcasm (@mynameisNegan) April 13, 2020
Trump lashes out at Fauci and retweets someone who is calling for the firing of Fauci.
and the doctor's sin was acknowledging facts & not gaslighting the media. He is the only person in the entire administration attempting to help & protect American citizens.#FireTrumpNotFauci pic.twitter.com/sEV3F1aEe2
— Sofia Clarck (@ClarckSofia) April 13, 2020
#FireTrump #FireTrumpNotFauci Donald Trump will forever be remembered as the person who got thousands of americans killed because he didnt want to hurt his reelection. He is a disgrace! pic.twitter.com/YueKL7v7Ds
— Jesse Allard (@JesseAAllard) April 13, 2020
Trump lashes out at Fauci for telling the truth. If he fires him, this administration will be making one of the worst mistakes it will have ever made
— Pat Carman (@CarmanPat2) April 13, 2020
— Evanttttttt (@evanttttttt) April 13, 2020
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