Faucism (pron. "FOUL CHEE ISM") is a mental condition which causes one to view bureaucratic "public health experts" as infallible. A combination of scientism and totalitarianism, it refers to the cult of personality of Anthony Stephen Fauci, the current head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Examples of Faucism include declaring oneself the embodiment truth. Fauci once said of critics:
|“||Attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science.||”|
Fauci and Daszak
|“||It’s been a very hard few months as these conspiracy theorists have gradually become politicized and hardened in their stance. Especially because the work we’ve been doing in collaboration with Chinese virologists has given us incredible insight into the risks that these viruses represent, so that we can directly help protect our nation from bat-origin coronaviruses. We’re fighting to keep the communications open with our Chinese colleagues, so that we can better address future pandemics like COVID-19.||”|
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refused to release unredacted versions of all emails pertaining to Fauci, defying federal law which authorizes the probing of such records. It was later unearthed that Daszak plotted to directly "release airborne coroanviruses into Chinese bat populations." He sought $14 million in funding from the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), though the agency refused, stating:
|“||It is clear that the proposed project led by Peter Daszak could have put local communities at risk.||”|
—Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Daszak also spearheaded the efforts to dismiss the theory that COVID-19 originated from a lab.
Leftists and liberal media outlets including NBC News have consistently engaged in liberal denial, insisting against the veracity of the lab leak theory. The Washington Post in January 2020 called the coronavirus bioweapon explanation a "fringe theory" and deceitfully did not distinguish the notion from the lab leak hypothesis. In February 2020, Sen. Tom Cotton vaguely stated:
|“||We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there, but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.||”|
The mainstream media was none too quick in smearing Cotton. The New York Times and The Washington Post called his remarks a "conspiracy theory," which The Hill also inserted in a headline. The Washington Post later admitted that Cotton had most likely been correct.
Other outlets which denied the lab leak theory included Reuters, NPR, Snopes, The Guardian, PolitiFact, Vanity Fair, and Vox Media. When Chinese virologist and whistleblower Li-Meng Yan blamed the Chinese Communist Party for the CCP pandemic, PolitiFact claimed her assertion was "Pants on Fire," a "fact-check" they embarrassingly retracted in mid-May 2021.
Fauci in 2020 during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic attempted to downplay the likelihood of the theory that COVID-19 originated in a lab and was intentionally leaked, as reported by Forbes:
April 17, 2020
Rebuffing then-President Donald Trump, Fauci downplays the possibility of a lab leak, saying the virus’ “mutations” are “totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human.”
Former CDC director Robert R. Redfield, Jr., a lifelong virologist who served as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director under the Trump Administration, suggested in March 2021 during an interview with CNN that COVID-19 could have originated from a lab:
|“||I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human and at that moment in time, that the virus came to the human, became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission.||”|
|“|| No, actually. ... No, I’m not convinced about that. I think that we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we find out to the best of our ability exactly what happened.
Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out. So, you know, that’s the reason why I said I’m perfectly in favor of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus.
|“||It could have been a lab leak.||”|
Support for Faucism
Incumbent White House officeholder Joseph R. Biden has been a consistent shill for Faucism. stating in early June 2021 that he's "very confident in Dr. Fauci." His chief propagandist Jennifer R. "Jen" Psaki has similarly defended the entrenched bureaucrat, extolling Fauci as an "undeniable asset" following the email leaks.
Some establishment Republicans have sided with Faucism. In early August 2020, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson held a special session where he advocated for the institution of a statewide-level mask mandate for schoolchildren rather than let families decide for themselves.
A number of establishment Senate Republicans in October 2020 defended Fauci after the latter was criticized by Trump, including John Thune of South Dakota, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
Liz Cheney, a neoconservative Republican from Wyoming, praised Fauci in May 2021 as "one of the finest public servants we have ever had." She was later criticized over the matter by strongly conservative House GOP colleagues, who called for her resignation from the House Republican Conference chair position.
Opponents of Faucism
Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a strongly conservative Republican, has taken strong stances against totalitarian policies amidst the coronavirus pandemic and denounced Faucism, regarding which he expressed regret for not rejecting sooner. DeSantis stated in early June 2021:
|“||In Florida we choose freedom over Faucism and we are much better off for doing that. His lockdown policies were not justified by the scientific data. He was somebody that fearmongered about schools. He did not support Florida when we had our kids in school in person. I think he was wrong about masks and asymptomatic spread.||”|
Although not directly condemning Faucism by name, Ohio congressman Jim Jordan has sharply criticized the vendetta of Anthony Fauci. Senators Marco Rubio, Marsha Blackburn, and Tom Cotton have called for Fauci's resignation or firing.
|“|| Here, in Kansas, people have returned to normal and are going about their lives. Vaccines are widely available for those who want them. Government needs to stop telling people how to live. Rather, it is time for government to trust the people they serve.
Kansans have made it clear that they choose freedom over Faucism. The mandates and restrictions did not work before and they should not return, either at the state or local level.
- Brownstein, Barry (June 3, 2021). Liberating Yourself from Faucism. American Institute for Economic Research. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Deace, Steve (May 19, 2021). Deace: It is time to end 'Faucism' once and for all. The Blaze. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Billingsley, Lloyd (January 29, 2021). Faucism, the Highest Stage of White Coat Supremacy. FrontPageMag. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- April 29, 2021. Faucism. Urban Dictionary. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Two references:
- Porterfield, Carlie (June 9, 2021). Dr. Fauci On GOP Criticism: ‘Attacks On Me, Quite Frankly, Are Attacks On Science’. Forbes. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
- Sullivan, Peter (June 9, 2021). Fauci: Attacks on me are really also 'attacks on science'. The Hill. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
- Kerr, Andrew (July 30, 2021). Previously Redacted Email Between Peter Daszak, Anthony Fauci Suddenly Sees Light Of Day. Daily Caller. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Saavedra, Ryan (September 22, 2021). Damning New Report Reveals What Wuhan Scientists, British Zoologist Were Up To In Months Before Pandemic. Daily Wire. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Abelson, Richard (October 6, 2021). NOW THIS… Fauci’s Henchman Daszak Applied to Develop Novel Corona Virus with DARPA Dollars in Wuhan in 2018. The Gateway Pundit. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Dilanian, Ken; Perrette, Amy; Chow, Denise (June 4, 2021). Fauci's emails don't prove a Wuhan conspiracy, but raise further questions. NBC News. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Chait, Jonathan (May 24, 2021). How the Liberal Media Dismissed the Lab-Leak Theory and Smeared Its Supporters. Intelligencer. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Catenacci, Thomas (May 27, 2021). ‘Lunatic Conspiracy Theories’: How Liberal Media Treated Supporters of China Lab Leak Theory. Daily Signal. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Taylor, Adam (January 29, 2020). Experts debunk fringe theory linking China’s coronavirus to weapons research. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Folley, Aris (February 17, 2021). Sen. Cotton repeats coronavirus origins conspiracy theory. The Hill. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Schow, Ashe (April 5, 2021). Washington Post Now Admits Maybe Tom Cotton Was Right To Suspect Coronavirus Outbreak Originated in Chinese Lab. Daily Wire. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- May 17, 2021. Archived fact-check: Tucker Carlson guest airs debunked conspiracy theory that COVID-19 was created in a lab. PolitiFact. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Multiple references:
- Rosas, Julio (May 20, 2021). Whoops! PolitiFact Backtracks Factcheck Over COVID-19 Lab Leak Hypothesis. Townhall. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Kaminsky, Gabe (May 21, 2021). PolitiFact Quietly Retracts Fact Check Of COVID-19 Wuhan Lab Theory. The Federalist. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Adams, Becket (May 22, 2021). PolitiFact retracts Wuhan lab theory ‘fact-check’. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Stuaffer, Elizabeth (May 25, 2021). PolitiFact Deletes Fact Check on Wuhan Lab Leak Theory. The Western Journal. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Brewster, Jack (June 16, 2021). Here’s What Dr. Fauci Has Said About Covid’s Origins And The Lab Leak Theory. Forbes. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Eustachewich, Lia (March 26, 2021). Ex-CDC Director Robert Redfield believes COVID-19 came from Wuhan lab. New York Post. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Dunleavy, Jon (May 22, 2021). Fauci no longer confident COVID-19 emerged naturally. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Bernstein, Brittany (May 25, 2021). Fauci Flip Flops on Lab Leak Theory: ‘Highly Likely’ COVID-19 Originated Naturally. National Review via MSN. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Moore, Mark (June 3, 2021). Fauci finally admits COVID-19 may have come from a ‘lab leak’ after his emails exposed. New York Post. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- November 2, 2020. Biden defends Fauci after Trump hints he may fire him. The Times of Israel. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- June 4, 2021. President Biden Says He's "Very Confident in Dr. Fauci". C-SPAN. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Nelson, Steven (June 3, 2021). Psaki calls Fauci ‘undeniable asset’ after Chinese lab leak emails. New York Post. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Two references:
- Polus, Sarah (June 4, 2021). Chris Wallace: Backlash over Fauci emails 'highly political'. The Hill. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
- Bearnow, Benjamin (June 5, 2021). Fox News' Chris Wallace Defends Fauci, Rips 'Highly Political' GOP Attacks Over COVID Emails. Newsweek. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
- Horowitz, Daniel (August 2, 2021). Horowitz: Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson calls special session to double down on failed faucism. The Blaze. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Gonzalez, Oriana (October 20, 2020). Republican senators defend Fauci as Trump escalates attacks. Axios. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
- Multiple references:
- Chiu, Allyson (May 13, 2021). Liz Cheney defends Fauci as Fox News hosts and Rand Paul attack him. Washington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Dibble, Madison (May 13, 2020). 'All Americans should be thanking him': Liz Cheney praises Fauci's 'expertise'. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Amatulli, Jenna (May 13, 2020). Liz Cheney Praises Dr. Anthony Fauci, Urges Americans To Thank Him: 'He Is Not A Partisan'. Huffington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Brufke, Juliegrace (July 21, 2020). Conservatives clash with Cheney over her support for Fauci, Massie primary challenger. The Hill. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Hunt, Kasie (July 21, 2020). Liz Cheney attacked over support for Fauci during GOP meeting. NBC News. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Chang, Samantha (April 20, 2021). DeSantis Reveals He Would Have Abandoned 'Faucism' Sooner if He Knew What He Knows Today. The Western Journal. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Two references:
- Stone, Tyler (June 4, 2021). DeSantis: Florida Chooses Freedom Over Faucism. RealClearPolitics. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- June 4, 2021. DeSantis criticizes Fauci after e-mail release: Florida ‘chose freedom over Faucism’. Local 10 News. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Takala, Rudy (June 7, 2021). ‘Florida Chose Freedom Over Faucism!’ DeSantis Draws Massive Cheers at a Packed Country Music Fest for Broadside on Fauci. Mediaite. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Jones, Kipp (June 8, 2021). DeSantis Declares Support for 'Freedom Over Faucism' with Massive Event. The Western Journal. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
- Kerwick, Jack (May 5, 2021). How Conservatives Have Failed to Expose Faucism. FrontPageMag. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Bernstein, Brittany (June 10, 2021). GOP Senators Demand Fauci Resign or Be Fired. National Review via Yahoo. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
- Two references:
- Carpenter, Tim (July 29, 2021). Senate president says Kansans want freedom, not ‘Faucism’ on COVID-19 masking front. Kansas Reflector. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Tidd, Jason (July 31, 2021). Who does the Kansas employee mask order apply to? Confusion persists as no written copy has been released.. cjonline.com. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
- Thousands of pages of Fauci emails released – American Thinker, published June 2, 2021
- Fauci emails: Here’s what we learned – New York Post, published June 3, 2021
- ‘Damning’ science shows COVID-19 likely engineered in lab: experts – New York Post, published June 6, 2021
- Stunning video reveals Daszak and WHO lied when claiming no bats in the Wuhan Lab – American Thinker, published June 14, 2021
- What Did Fauci Know And When? His Emails Point To Panic, Lies, And A Possible Cover-Up – The Federalist, published July 14, 2021
- Anthony Fauci defends US funding coronavirus research at Wuhan lab – New York Post, published July 25, 2021
- Peter Daszak, Who Sought U.S. Funds for Wuhan Lab and Aided Cover-up, Faces Calls to Quit – Newsweek, published October 6, 2021