The Daily Beast reports:
President Donald Trump on Monday unloaded on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, complaining that those working to curtail the coronavirus pandemic that has killed almost 220,000 Americans are all “idiots.”
“People are tired of COVID. I have these huge rallies. People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” Trump said during a campaign call from his hotel in Las Vegas.
“Every time he goes on television there’s always a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him. This guy’s a disaster,” Trump said on the call, according to multiple reporters who were listening in.
President Trump attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci and his administration’s other public health officials as “idiots” in a fiery call with his campaign staff today, even musing about potentially firing the nation’s top infectious disease experthttps://t.co/2dgmDyHwrT
— POLITICO (@politico) October 19, 2020
Trump’s message two weeks out, based on call with staff:
-Dr. Fauci is a “disaster” who is a “bomb” every time he’s on TV
-Other health officials are “idiots”
-Americans no longer care about the pandemic and just think “whatever”
-News reports are “fake”
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 19, 2020
“People of tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” Trump says in campaign call that has become a longish rant in which he is trying to deny he is at risk of losing this election.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 19, 2020
On call with campaign staff, President Trump says people are tired of hearing about coronavirus. “People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots…Fauci is a nice guy. He’s been here for 500 years.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 19, 2020