A video posted Monday on Twitter showing Dr. Anthony Fauci and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser going door-to-door to promote the COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 has quickly gone viral.
The video shows a Washington, D.C., resident rejecting assurances by Fauci and suggesting the government has mishandled the pandemic and vaccine roll out. The video has garnered almost 600,000 views in four hours.
Notably, Fauci, whom News With Views called “the most despised con man on the planet,” seemed to inadvertently admit that tens of thousands who died of the regular flu were counted as COVID-19 deaths, a fact the man in the interview said was part of an inappropriate government fear campaign.
Fox News reported that video of the embarrassing exchange would be part of a PBS “American Masters” series program on Fauci. Reportedly, the “American Masters” series seeks to provide viewers with “insightful profiles of important figures in America’s artistic and cultural life.”
Conservatives will likely view the conversation between Fauci and a D.C. resident as a repudiation of Fauci’s claims and assurances.
PBS titled the clip in question “Dr. Fauci visits D.C. to battle vaccine hesitancy.” The clip shows Fauci and Bowser walking the streets of Southeast D.C. – a historic African American neighborhood that Fauci labeled as “disenfranchised” with low vaccination levels.
The unnamed D.C. resident challenged Fauci, saying, “the people in America are not settled with the information that’s been given to us right now.”
He added, “So I’m not going to be lining up taking a shot on a vaccination for something that wasn’t clear in the first place.”
Interestingly, an unmasked Bowser attempted to defend the vaccine by saying, “The only reason I’m talking to you right now, as close as we are, is that I’ve been vaccinated.”
Multiple studies and Fauci himself have noted that despite claims by the CDC, vaccines do not stop the transmission of COVID-19.
Bowser attempted to press the man to be vaccinated: “But if thousands of people like you don’t get vaccinated, you’re gonna let this virus continue to percolate in this country and in this world,” she warned.
Unfazed, the man said he would “definitely” pass on getting vaccinated, saying, “because when you start talking about paying people to get vaccinated, when you start talking about incentivizing things to get people vaccinated, it’s something else going on with that.”
“Y’all campaign is about fear,” he continued. “It’s about inciting fear in people. You all attack people with fear. That’s what this pandemic is. It’s a fear, it’s fear, this pandemic. That’s all it is.”
The video then shows a dejected Fauci and Bowser walking away.
Another woman also challenged Fauci and Bowser. She said: “I heard that it [the vaccine] doesn’t cure [COVID], and it doesn’t stop you from getting it.”
Fauci claimed the woman was in error and assured: “No, on the very, very, very rare chance that you do get it even if you’re vaccinated. It’s a very, you don’t even feel sick. It’s like you don’t even know you got infected. It’s very, very good at protecting you.”
Fauci no longer makes that assurance. And vaccination data posted on Bowser’s website notes at least 60,000 breakthrough COVID cases in Washington, D.C.
The video also shows Fauci and Bowser lamenting Republican reluctance to embrace mask and vaccine mandates. Bowser asked Fauci, “What are we gonna do about those other states [who in 2021 were pushing back against mandates].
“Oh my god,” Fauci replied, “they’re gonna keep the outbreak smoldering in the country.”
Fauci added: “It’s so crazy. I mean, they’re not doing it because they say they don’t want to do it; they’re Republicans. They don’t like to be told what to do. And we gotta break that.”
PBS noted the program would air on March 21.
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