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Musk claims his 'pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,' prompting furious backlash
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Musk claims his 'pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,' prompting furious backlash

Twitter CEO Elon Musk managed to simultaneously enrage two ostensibly enmeshed groups Sunday with a single tweet, poking fun at conformity to LGBT activist pronoun conventions and calling for the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to be prosecuted.

Although the tech magnate routinely agitates leftists online, Musk was evidently signaling something more significant with this particular tweet: that the forthcoming "Twitter Files" may provide some damning insights into an internationally recognized lockdown and vaccine advocate whose agency funded dangerous gain-of-function work in Wuhan.

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Musk tweeted "My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci" on Sunday. The tweet received over one million likes and was retweeted over 167,000 times.

Musk's humorous call for the criminal prosecution of Fauci took place the morning after Stanford professor and Great Barrington Declaration proponent Dr. Jay Bhattacharya visited Twitter's headquarters.

The second edition of the "Twitter Files" released last week revealed how the previous Twitter regime had placed Bhattacharya on a "Trends Blacklist," preventing his cautions about the harms posed to children by lockdowns from circulating online.

Twitter was not, however, alone in trying to silence criticisms of lockdowns and government overreach. Fauci was involved in an effort to engage in a "takedown" of Bhattacharya's anti-lockdown declaration.

TheBlaze previously reported that in response to a plea by former National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins to issue a "quick and devastating takedown" of the Great Barrington Declaration, Fauci dutifully pushed a British article claiming, "There is no 'scientific divide' over herd immunity" and alleging there would not be additional lockdowns.

The article circulated by Fauci put down Bhattacharya and other highly esteemed experts, casting doubt on anti-lockdown concerns.

When asked whether Fauci's invocation would be explained in a new "Twitter Files" part, Musk answered in the affirmative.

The Twitter CEO also posted a meme in which Fauci, Photoshopped in for the conniving and morally bankrupt "Lord of the Rings" character Gríma Wormtongue, begs President Joe Biden — swapped in to replace the addled King Théoden of Rohan — for "JUST ONE MORE LOCKDOWN."

The timing of Bhattacharya's visit, his mention in last week's "Twitter Files," previous indications that Fauci had a hand in silencing him, and Musk's admission together indicate that Fauci will be the subject of a forthcoming series of insider Twitter insights of potential interest to the lawmakers poised to investigate him in the new year.

Backlash from Fauci fans and pronoun pushers

Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted in response, "Elon, please don’t mock and promote hate toward already marginalized and at-risk-of-violence members of the #LGBTQ+ community. They are real people with real feelings. Furthermore, Dr Fauci is a dedicated public servant whose sole motivation was saving lives."

Musk did not mince words in his reply, tweeting, "I strongly disagree. Forcing your pronouns upon others when they didn’t ask, and implicitly ostracizing those who don’t, is neither good nor kind to anyone."

The New York Post reported that Musk may be sensitive to the consequences of the pronoun game and the "neo-Marxist" transgender agenda it is part of as a result of his 18-year-old son's decision to identify as a woman.

"As for Fauci, he lied to Congress and funded gain-of-function research that killed millions of people. Not awesome imo," added the Twitter CEO.

According to the CDC's "COVID Data Tracker," 1,080,472 Americans have died with or from the virus.

Democrat Sent. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) snapped back with a defense of Fauci, whom Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested lied to Congress, saying, "I’m a big fan of Dr. Fauci and how he’s calmly guided our country through crisis. Re Musk tweet? Courting vaccine-deniers doesn’t seem like a smart business strategy, but the issue is this: could you just leave a good man alone in your seemingly endless quest for attention?"

Democrat Rep. Dean Phillips (Minn.) wrote, "It’s America. You can select any pronouns you damn well please. But Anthony Fauci has likely saved more human lives than any living person in the world. Shame on you."

Former CIA director and Obama White House official John Brennan similarly rushed to defend Fauci, calling him a "national hero who will be remembered for generations to come for his innate goodness & many contributions to public health."

Brennan, signatory of the Oct. 19, 2020, letter erroneously claiming that the Hunter Biden laptop story was likely Russian disinformation, added, "Despite your business success, you will be remembered most for fueling public hate & divisions. You may have money, but you have no class."

Although Musk's tweet was denounced by a handful of high-profile pronoun- and Fauci-defenders, millions of people apparently liked it, including Sen. Rand Paul.

Paul wrote, "Fauci’s resignation should not prevent a full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic. He must be required to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the Wuhan lab leak. His policies destroyed lives."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote, "Kudos to @elonmusk for looking beyond the propaganda."

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, noted that the "Left's hysterical response to @ElonMusk 's criticism of Fauci (along with slight mockery of transgender extremism) is something else. That they have so much invested in Fauci's authoritarian approach to public policy speaks volumes ..."

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Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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