Former Vice President Mike Pence is bashing Dr. Anthony Fauci and Democratic governors for their responses to COVID-19.
Pence defended the Trump administration’s decisions, including Fauci’s role, instead turning his criticism to the Biden administration. While defending Fauci’s role during the Trump administration, Pence said that Fauci was only effective then because he “stayed in his lane” and that the Biden administration’s policy of turning over the crisis to Fauci resulted in an expected catastrophe.
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“I think in the early days of the coronavirus task force, Dr. Fauci was a great source of comfort to millions of Americans,” Pence said in an interview with Meet the Press. “He had an easygoing bedside manner through which he communicated at the podium. And as I said, we had a good rapport in those days. Because Dr. Fauci, in my time leading the task force, always stayed in his lane.”
“When the Biden administration came in and essentially turned over the management of COVID to Dr. Fauci, I was not surprised to see them put all of their emphasis on vaccines, then after having promised that they would not mandate vaccines, then seeking to mandate vaccines on Americans. … That was the doctor approach,” he said. “And I think when President Biden came in and essentially empowered Dr. Fauci, I think the American people recoiled at that approach. And sadly, the Biden administration lost more Americans in their first year with COVID than we did in our first year, a year where we had none of the tools, few supplies, no testing, ultimately no medicines until the end.”
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Pence served as the head of the White House’s coronavirus task force at the beginning of the pandemic, turning over control of the task force to the Biden administration in 2021.
The former vice president has defended the record of the Trump administration despite distancing himself from former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 riot. He has since given several hints that he plans to run against his former boss for president in 2024.