Dr. Fauci “On Call”

Dr. Fauci “On Call” June 19, 2024

Dr. Anthony Fauci. CREDIT: Wikipedia

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the U.S.—became the chief medical advisor to the White House and thus the face of the pandemic to the public. It was the worst health crisis the U.S. had had since the Spanish Flu in WWI.

Politically right wing America, influenced especially by television’s Fox News, which was biased toward the Republican Party, constantly attacked Dr. Fauci for his advice on how to reduce the reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. Many of these refused to abide by our health professionals’ recommended restrictions, such as wearing masks in public and practicing social distancing. These rebels viewed Fauci as diabolical even though he was mostly recommending what the nation’s premiere, science-based, health organization was recommending, which was the CDC—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As I observed this rejection to our nation’s foremost health professionals, I thought, “Who would want to be public health servant if they had to endure this garbage?”

Anthony Fauci retired in 2022 to write a book recounting his career, which focuses considerably on the pandemic. Entitled On Call: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service, it will be released next week. In this book, Dr. Fauci reveals his several encounters with President Donald Trump regarding the pandemic. During the early months after COVID-19 was discovered, Republican President Trump failed miserably in his reaction to it, saying it was nothing to be concerned about and would soon disappear “like a miracle.” Eventually, he succeeded with Operation Warp Speed that produced a COVID vaccine in lightning speed which became very effective in reducing the risk of contracting COVID by increasing immunity to it. Yet it was mostly a large contingent of Trump’s electoral base of Republican voters who dismissed the vaccine shot and refused to take it.

Fauci relates in the book that he had made a public statement about the COVID shot, that the immunity that it provides only lasts six months. Of course, he was merely informing the public what the CDC was saying, and its pronouncements were based on all of its scientific data gathered by so many health professionals. Fauci further relates in his book that right after he made this public statement, President Trump phoned him and “started screaming at me,” obviously angry that Fauci would tell the American public the truth about a deadly disease and this vaccine for it.

Fauci also relates in this book the last time President Trump phoned him. Trump was on the presidential airplane Air Force One. It was on November 1, 2020, only two days before the presidential election which Trump lost to Joe Biden. Fauci says Trump went into a tirade laced with constant profanity using the F-word. Fauci quotes Trump as saying concerning the upcoming election, “I am going to win this election by a f—— landslide. Just wait and see. I always did things my way. And I always win, no matter what all these other f—— people think. And that f—– Biden, he is so stupid. I am going to kick his f—— ass in this election.” Well, it turned out Trump was no prophet.

My book, Bible Predicts Trump Fall, is a collection of 200 articles with an average length of two-three pages. I wrote them about Donald Trump as posts on my Kermit Zarley Blog from the time he began his campaign for the U.S. presidency, in mid-2015, to shortly after he vacated the White House on January 20, 2021. In these posts I often quoted the Bible, especially its wisdom literature in the book of Proverbs and Jesus’ sayings. And I sometimes compared them to things Trump said. The contrast often was striking. The main biblical quote was this, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). I said multiple times on my blog that Donald Trump was the most arrogant person and biggest liar I had ever seen.

The Bible’s book of Proverbs begins, “The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel” (Proverbs 1:1). The Bible says, “King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. The whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind” (1 Kings 10:23).

Regarding Trump’s above statement about rejecting the advice of others and doing things “my way,” Proverbs says, “in the abundance of counselors, there is victory” (Proverbs 24:6). Another is, “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice. Fools show their anger at once, but the prudent ignore an insult” (Proverbs 12:15-16). And Proverbs further states, “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

I was seeing this immediately about Donald Trump during his first presidential campaign. Thus, I posted on my blog on May 20, 2016, “I think Donald Trump is a big bag of hot air ready to blow up like the Hindenburg blimp if he becomes U.S. president.” A few days after that, on June 1, 2016, I again blogged concerning Trump, “I think he’ll bring America down, not Make America Great Again.” Then, on June 12, 2016, I posted, “The arrogant, egotistical Donald Trump, … is constantly trumpeting his own self. Biblical wisdom says, ‘Let another praise you, and not your own mouth’ (Proverbs 27.2). It also says, ‘When pride comes, then comes disgrace’ (Proverbs 11.2).”

Later, on July 21, 2018, about 1.5 years into Trump’s presidency, I blogged saying there will be a Trumpgate and further said, “I think Trumpgate will make Watergate look like a Sunday school picnic.” Over three years now after Trump exited the White House, that is still happening. I ask myself, will it ever end?

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