TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Fewer than two months ago, Anthony Fauci told us not to worry about this epidemic. Now, he is demanding that the federal government quarantine the entire country.
A nationally, federally mandated shutdown. So, how long would such a shutdown last? Well, just two days ago Anthony Fauci suggested the country should remain under quarantine until there are no more coronavirus infections and no more deaths. He did not suggest when that might be, if ever, but politicians followed his lead anyway.
What would've happened if the model had been accurate? If it had accurately predicted how many hospital beds we needed? If we had known that, would we have quarantined the country? That's a good question. Unfortunately, it's too late now. More than 10 million Americans have already lost their jobs.
Imagine another year of this. That would be national suicide, and yet, that is what Anthony Fauci is suggesting, at least. Now, we're not suggesting Fauci wants to hurt America. We don't think he does, he seems like a very decent man, but Fauci is not an economist or, for that matter, someone who fears being unemployed himself. Like most of the people around him -- this is not an attack, just an observation, Fauci has bulletproof job security. He's not thinking that way.
He has the luxury of looking at the world through the narrow lens of his profession. He doesn't seem to think much outside that lens.
Inconvenient? 10 million Americans out of work and staring at poverty. That is not, quote, "inconvenient," as you just heard Dr. Fauci put it. It's horrifying. In fact, it's a far bigger disaster than the virus itself, by any measure. Tony Fauci, decent as he may be, can't see that because he doesn't think it's his job to see it, but even a doctor should be able to think beyond the models.
Our response to coronavirus could turn this into a far poorer nation. Poor countries are unhealthy countries, always and everywhere. In poor countries, people die of treatable diseases. In poor countries people are far more vulnerable to obscure viruses, like the one we are fighting now. You want to keep Americans from dying before their time? Then don't impoverish them.
For all his credentials, his experience, his apparent personal decency, Dr. Anthony Fauci does not seem to understand any of this, and we should never let someone like that run this country.