Fauci: ‘I didn’t recommend locking anything down’ during COVID
07/27/2022 // News Editors // Views

In an interview Monday on The HillTV's Rising, Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed that he "didn't recommend locking anything down" through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci is, of course, free to claim what he wants and spin history however he pleases, but he's not entitled to his own facts.

In no particular order, here are 9 times Dr. Fauci made public statements that included recommending or affirming lockdown and closure decisions due to COVID-19.

(Article by Spencer Brown republished from TownHall.com)

1. Told then-President Trump to shut down the entire country - October 6, 2020

"When it became clear that we had community spread in the country, with a few cases of community spread — this was way before there was a major explosion like we saw in the Northeastern corridor driven by New York City metropolitan area — I recommended to the president that we shut the country down," Fauci " data-origwidth="800" data-origheight="450">told students at his alma mater when asked about the most crucial decision he'd made. "Unfortunately, since we actually did not shut down completely the way China did, the way Korea did, the way Taiwan did, we actually did see spread even though we shut down."

2. Gave "his blessing" for Bill de Blasio's plan to extend the closure of New York City schools - April 12, 2020


"Mayor Bill de Blasio made the momentous decision to keep New York City’s 1,800 public schools closed through the end of June. He told just a select few, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, who gave his blessing," reported The New York Times.

3. Attacked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for considering reopening schools - April 10, 2020

"'If you have a situation where you don’t have a real good control over an outbreak and you allow children together, they will likely get infected,' said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during the daily news briefing of the White House coronavirus task force," POLITICO reported.

4. Said schools should stay closed to prevent the spread of COVID while endorsing remote learning - August 4, 2020

"There may be some areas where the level of virus is so high that it would not be prudent to bring children back to school," Fauci said.

5. Called for bars to be closed when he finally said schools should be open - August 13, 2020

"You have a choice — either close the bars or close the schools. Because, if you have people congregating in bars, it's likely you're going to stay red," Fauci said in a line that he repeated again in November 2020 on ABC News' World News Tonight.

6. Said states should shut down depending on the level of COVID spread - July 9, 2020

"Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down," Fauci said without singling any state out because, according to Fauci, "[i]t’s not for me to say because each state is different," according to CNBC.

Read more at: TownHall.com

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