Anthony Fauci ran to CNN on Sunday to say that he was horrified by what he witnessed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), according to The Hill.
The conservative conference was held in Dallas over the weekend.
So what exactly was so troubling to Fauci?
Apparently it was the audiences reaction to anti-vaccination remarks.
“It’s horrifying. I mean, they are cheering about someone saying that it’s a good thing for people not to try and save their lives,” Fauci told CNN host Jake Tapper.
“I mean, if you just unpack that for a second, Jake, it’s almost frightening to say, ‘Hey, guess what, we don’t want you to do something to save your life,'” Fauci continued.
“Yay. Everybody starts screaming and clapping. I just don’t get that,” Fauci said.
“I don’t think that anybody who is thinking clearly can get that. What is that all about? I don’t understand that, Jake.”
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Jake Tapper asks Dr. Anthony Fauci to react to the CPAC Texas crowd cheering that the government has been unable to reach its vaccine goals so far.
Fauci: "It’s horrifying… I just don’t get that. I mean, and I don’t think that anybody who is thinking clearly can get that." pic.twitter.com/4nY7CMor5i
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 11, 2021
The remarks that caused the audience to cheer came from Alex Berenson, a popular conservative author.
“The government was hoping that they could sort of sucker 90 percent of the population into getting vaccinated,” Berenson said on stage.
“And it isn’t happening,” Berenson proclaimed.
During the CNN segment Fauci was also asked about the idea of having businesses and schools mandate COVID-19 vaccinations.
Fauci responded by saying he thought it was a good idea.
Fauci thinks once the FDA formally approves the vaccines that more people will be wanting to get one.
He said that the approval from the FDA is “as good as done.”
“So people should really understand that. But they are waiting now until you get an official approval before. And I think when you do see the official approval, Jake, you are going to see a lot more mandates,” Fauci stated.
Fauci also discussed the issue of politics and the vaccine, expressing frustration that there is a political divide of people wanting to get vaccinated.
“Vaccinations have nothing to do with politics,” Fauci declared.
“It’s a public health issue. It doesn’t matter who you are. The virus doesn’t know whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent. For sure, we know that. And yet there is that divide of people wanting to get vaccinated.”