Dr Anthony Fauci rudely mocked ‘upside down’ restaurant patrons who took off their coronavirus masks when seated – and laughed at the absurdity of his own idea of anti-COVID-19 goggles , according to a new book.
The internal account is included by former White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern in ‘Vignettes & Vino’ – out October 25 – which calls Fauci “awful” and “egocentric”.
“[I]n January 2020, [Fauci] said the virus was not of concern to the American people. Then in the months that followed, he said people shouldn’t wear masks and that they were ineffective. By June or July he had changed his mind and said everyone should be very concerned and should wear multiple masks – and goggles,” Morgenstern wrote.
“I vividly remember my blood boiling in an infuriating meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, when Fauci laughed off his own comment about the glasses, making it clear how cynical he was and how he could get people to believe anything,” the former aide continued.
“He went on to laugh about people walking into a restaurant with a mask on and then sitting down and conversing with people without a mask on. Of course, he didn’t publicly say things to that effect, he just privately laughed at the American abuses he was deceiving.
The practice of wearing masks in businesses, but not while eating or drinking, was made mandatory by local ordinances across the United States in mid-2020. Indoor tables were generally spaced out to allow for social distancing between parties.
At the time of the Roosevelt Room meeting, Fauci urged restaurateurs to wear masks when seated — recommending masking while waiting for your server in a Comedy Central interview — but his colorful derision of people who were obeying the rules of the mask but without sufficient zeal is new.
Although he allegedly laughed at his own remark about the glasses, Fauci offered a more serious impression when he made the recommendation to ABC News’ chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton.
“If you have glasses or an eye shield, you have to use them,” Fauci told Ashton in July 2020.
When asked if eye protection would be formally recommended, Fauci replied: “It could be, if you really want perfect protection of mucous surfaces.”
Fauci, 81, will retire in December after 38 years as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. His office did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
Although widely respected among Democrats as a public health icon, Fauci is widely distrusted by Republicans and allies of former President Donald Trump.
Fauci faced accusations of hypocrisy in July 2020 when he sat without a mask between a friend and his wife inside Nationals Park stadium after throwing an opening pitch – presumably flouting the warrant of DC’s outer mask.
And in a series of Senate hearings, he clashed with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over U.S. funding for “gain-of-function” research at the lab in Wuhan, China, where US intelligence community says coronavirus pandemic may have started.
Morgenstern co-wrote the forthcoming book with his wife Teresa Morgenstern, press officer for Operation Warp Speed, who led the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines.
The book combines anecdotes from the Trump era with food and drink recipes. The Fauci chapter is associated with recipes for “opening day burgers” accompanied by beer.
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