Trump dismisses pandemic, rips Fauci as ‘disaster’ in campaign all-staff call

In a remarkable move with 15 days to go until Election Day, President Donald Trump on an all-staff campaign call Monday morning leveled his most aggressive attacks yet on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert on the president’s own coronavirus task force, calling him a “disaster” while also outright dismissing the pandemic, saying Americans are “over COVID” as deaths near 220,000 in the United States and cases rise around the country.

“People are tired of COVID. Yep, there’s gonna be spikes, there’s gonna be no spikes, there’s gonna be vaccines—with or without vaccines, people are tired of COVID,” the president said on the call, seemingly annoyed to even talk about the ongoing pandemic.
Trump then pointed to his packed rallies as evidence that “people” are saying “whatever” regrading the pandemic that’s still ravaging the country. “I have the biggest rallies I’ve ever had and we have COVID. People are saying whatever, just leave us alone. They’re tired of it,” he said.

Trump then turned to his fire to medical experts, blasting Fauci in some of his harshest language yet, even openly seemingly disappointed that he can’t fire him because, he said, it would be a bigger “bomb.”

“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots — these, these people, these people that have gotten it wrong,” Trump said.

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