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Rand Paul likens Anthony Fauci to 'mafia don,' shares old video of Fauci praising natural flu immunity as 'most potent vaccination'

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The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has fallen more than 90% in a little over two months as coronavirus hospitalizations plummet to the lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic. However, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) isn't ready to let Dr. Anthony Fauci forget about his behavior during the pandemic, which he believes is similar to actions taken by a mafia boss.

On Friday night, Paul made an appearance on "The Ingraham Angle" to give his reaction to the explosive Vanity Fair report that claims Fauci and former National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins strongly pushed back against anyone who went against the narrative that COVID-19 originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China. Vanity Fair reports that evolutionary biologist Jesse Bloom was suppressed for thinking that COVID-19 originated in a lab and leaked out.

"This is more like what you'd see from a mafia don than from a government bureaucrat or scientist," Paul said of Fauci's behavior. "If you disagree with him, they come down on you hard, and they try to suppress anybody with a different opinion."

"It's really alarming, they will do anything," Paul told host Laura Ingraham.

Paul hypothesized that the top medical bureaucrats thought, "Let's do everything we can to try to suppress his opinion."

The Republican senator from Kentucky mentioned damning emails that surfaced in December that show Collins instructing Fauci to carry out a "quick and devastating" takedown of an open letter published in 2020 that argued that COVID-19 lockdowns were counterproductive. The letter known as the Great Barrington Declaration was authored by three epidemiologists: Martin Kulldorff, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at Harvard University, Sunetra Gupta, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at Oxford University, and Jay Bhattacharya, MD, Ph.D., a professor and public health policy expert at Stanford University. Collins disparaged the three accomplished epidemiologists as "fringe" in an email.

Paul noted that the "three famous epidemiologists" had been suppressed.

"But one of the interesting things about this exposé is it also shows the harm of what government contractors do," Paul continued. "We knew they did this in other areas, but we didn't know it was happening in science."

Paul also shared a video on Twitter of Fauci touting immunity as superior to a vaccine when it comes to the flu.

In 2004, Fauci was on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program, when a 67-year-old caller from Minnesota asked the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases if she should get a flu shot if she already had the flu.

Fauci responded, "Well it's very difficult to figure out just on that base of information, what's gone on with the caller. There are some people who have bad reactions to, in vaccination, even if it's a killed vaccination. It is possible since the flu vaccine virus is grown in eggs, then you may have an allergy to one of those components, and what you were feeling was actually an allergic reaction."

Host Peter Slen asked if the woman should get a vaccination against the flu, to which Fauci replied, "Well no."

"If she got the flu for fourteen days, she's as protected as anybody can be, because the best vaccination is to get infected yourself," Fauci stressed. "If she really has the flu, if she really has the flu, she definitely doesn’t need a flu vaccine."

Fauci declared that the woman "doesn't need" the vaccination since "the most potent vaccination is getting infected yourself."

Of the resurfaced footage, Paul wrote: "Hmmm…Once upon a time Anthony Fauci could tell the truth…What happened?"

Last month, Paul declared that he believes that over 95% of Americans have either "antibodies to the virus or antibodies to the vaccine," which he credits for why COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are down.

"That’s why we are doing better with this," Paul said. "We have developed immunity either from having the disease or being vaccinated, and that’s why we are doing better, in addition to the fact that the virus has mutated to a less virulent or less deadly form."

Paul then called Fauci a "menace."

"But he won't admit it because he’s so caught up in putting stickers on your floor, putting masks on your face, putting goggles on you," Paul exclaimed. "The guy is a menace, and he has not been right really about anything since the start of this."

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