Anthony Fauci’s baseball pitch, despite being terrible, is still far better than his ability to predict accurately, President Donald Trump heckled on Tuesday.
Trump criticized Fauci after he accused the president’s campaign of taking his words out of context in a new ad, in which he appeared to praise the administration’s coronavirus response.
“Actually, Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications,” Trump said. “‘No problem, no masks’. WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – just came out against. Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!!!”
Commenting on the ad, which says America is recovering much like Trump did from his coronavirus diagnosis, Fauci told CNN on Sunday he did not agree with the way the campaign used his words, or endorse the president.
“In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate. The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials,” Fauci said, according to CNN.
Trump’s “No problem, no masks” reference pertains to Fauci’s comments during a 60 Minutes interview back in March, where he claimed, “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”
“Right now, in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks,” he said.
“You’re sure? Because people are listening really closely to this,” the interviewer asked him.
“No, there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” Fauci answered.
The president’s reference to Fauci’s “pitching arm” being “accurate” harks back to Fauci’s terrible inaugural pitch at the first 2020 MLB game earlier this year, which was anything but accurate.
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