Like Hillary Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci raised conservative hackles long before his emails were released.
Widely seen as a unifying figure in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fauci — the federal government’s top immunologist became the public face of Washington’s coronavirus response — came to be seen as a foil to former President Donald Trump.
Fauci became a fixture in the media, giving frequent interviews to outlets critical of Trump that often presented him as the last honest man inside the administration concerning COVID-19. “Fauci slaps down Trump,” read one headline after the medical adviser said the country was headed in the “wrong direction” with the pandemic just weeks ahead of the election. Another described him as a “fringe MAGA target.” A third blared, “Medical expert who corrects Trump is now a target of the far Right.”
Initially, Fauci publicly resisted this kind of coverage.
“I wish that would stop because we have a