I'm too busy trying to preserve the health and safety of the American people that I cannot be bothered with getting distracted with these people that are doing ad hominems. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration's chief medical adviser
I'm too busy trying to preserve the health and safety of the American people that I cannot be bothered with getting distracted with these people that are doing ad hominems. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration's chief medical adviser
Typically this term refers to a rhetorical strategy where the speaker attacks the character, motive, or some other attribute of the person making an argument rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself. This avoids genuine debate by creating a diversion to some irrelevant but often highly charged issue.
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Fauci pushes back on GOP criticisms, calling claims ‘bizarre’
The most recent slight came Friday from Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who in a series of tweets urged Fauci to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, where authorities are grappling with an influx of migrants, and asked him to witness firsthand what he called the nation’s “biggest super spreader event.”

Graham claimed thousands of Central American migrants are spreading the virus while being detained in overcrowded facilities.

The migrants, he said, are staying “on top of each other” and “dumped off in Texas” and elsewhere in the country. “If you are worried about the spread of COVID, you should be gravely concerned about what is happening at our southern border,” Graham wrote.

Homeland Security officials have said all migrants who are brought into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody are tested and, when needed, isolated or quarantined. The government also has said it is working closely with the Mexican government and international organizations who are helping test migrants before entering the United States. Yet federal officials have admitted there have been “instances” in which migrants have been released without a coronavirus test because of the soaring numbers of migrants coming in.

Some of the arriving migrants who tested positive are being directed to local hotels for isolation in Texas, according to the Associated Press.

On Friday, Fauci told Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto that he was attempting to link him to issues he has no connection with.

“I have nothing to do with the border,” the White House chief medical adviser said, adding that he acknowledged there is a “very difficult situation at the border” that Biden administration officials are “trying as best as they can” to solve.

Fauci also rejected Graham’s suggestion to go down to the border: “Having me down at the border, that’s really not what I do,” he said.


In the same interview, Fauci addressed attacks by other Republican figures — such as Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows — saying that he found the criticisms “a little bizarre” and suggesting that he had become a sort of scapegoat for Republicans.

“I’ve become sort of, for some reason or another, a symbol of anything they don’t like” related to anything “contrary to them or outside of their own realm,” he said.

Fauci, 80, did not linger long on the increasingly bizarre criticisms. In a Monday morning podcast interview with Politico, he did not address the attacks and instead focused on the promising data from the country’s vaccination program. He doubted the government would mandate a federal “vaccine passport” program and estimated that pre-pandemic activities such as going to a movie theater without a mask could resume by late fall or early winter if vaccination rates keep pace.

During the interview, Fauci also noted that he had not enjoyed “a single day off in over 14 months.”


In that time, Fauci has gone from being a figure known largely within medical circles to a prominent national figure with all the attendant fandom — and criticism.

... Asked whether the attacks bothered him, Fauci tried to brush them off. He said he is too busy “trying to preserve the health and safety of the American people that I cannot be bothered with getting distracted with these people that are doing ad hominems.”
Read the full article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/04/04/fauci-republicans-attacks/