Dr Anthony Fauci has opened up about the “serious threats” that he and his family have received.
The director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke with CNN’s David Axelrod on the most recent episode of The Axe Files podcast.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert, left, has hired extra security after ‘serious threats’ were made against his family[/caption]
Dr Fauci celebrated his pitching skills at an MLB game on Thursday[/caption]
Dr Fauci, his wife, and his daughters have had to incorporate additional security into their lives due to an influx of “serious threats.”
Commenting on the severity of the threats, Dr Fauci said: “It’s tough. I mean, really? Is this the United States of America?”
The nation’s top infectious disease expert also recalled being slammed for doing his job during the AIDS epidemic.
“I’ve seen a side of society that I guess is understandable but it’s a little bit disturbing,” Dr Fauci told Axelrod on Thursday.
“Back in the days of HIV – when I was being criticized with some hate mail -it was, you know, people calling me a gay-lover and ‘what the hell are you wasting a lot of time on that.’
“Things that you would just push aside as stupid people saying stupid things.”
Dr Fauci, his wife, and his daughters have had to incorporate additional security into their lives due to an influx of ‘serious threats’[/caption]
Dr Fauci recounted getting slammed for doing his job during the AIDS epidemic[/caption]
He added: “It’s really a magnitude different now because of the anger.
“As much as people inappropriately, I think, make me somewhat of a hero — and I’m not a hero, I’m just doing my job — there are people who get really angry at thinking I’m interfering with their life because I’m pushing a public-health agenda.”
He called the “serious threats” – which he said is not just hate mail – as “not good.”
The 79-year-old doctor was also targeted with threats back in March – as the coronavirus pandemic plagued the country.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the United States has now surpassed 4million.
And more than 144,200 people have died from COVID-19 in the US.
In an interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, Dr Fauci said this is not the first time he’s worked through a health crisis.
“It’s my job. This is the life I’ve chosen and I’m doing it,” he told King when asked about the extra security.
“I’ve been through crisis like this before,” he said, referencing the HIV epidemic in the 1980s and 90s.
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Fauci added: “It’s a job to get done and we’ve just got to do it.”
Meanwhile, top doc Fauci made his baseball debut on Thursday by throwing the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals – during the shortened Major League Baseball season.
Dr Fauci was decked out in Nationals attire as they took on the New York Yankees in Washington DC Thursday evening.
Fauci made his baseball debut on Thursday by throwing the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals[/caption]