Fauci is receiving threats, hate mail — so disease expert has security detail, he says
BY MIKE STUNSON
Dr. Anthony Fauci said he has been given personal security after he and his family received hate mail and threats.
The backlash toward the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases compares to what he saw while advancing HIV/AIDS research in the 1980s and 90s, he said on CNN’s “The Axe Files” podcast.
Fauci, an infectious disease expert who has appeared alongside Donald Trump as a member of the White House coronavirus task force, has been a frequent target during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The kind of, not only hate mail, but also serious actual threats, are not good,” he told the podcast’s host, David Axelrod, who was the chief strategist for former President Obama’s presidential campaigns. “I don’t see how society does that.
“It’s tough. Serious threats against me, against my family, my daughters, my wife — I mean, really?” he continued. “Is this the United States of America? But it’s real.”
Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace last week that, despite a growing number of coronavirus cases in the United States, Fauci is “a little bit of an alarmist,” according to The Hill. Trump added that Fauci has “made some mistakes” in his approach to the pandemic.