In another series of Twitter posts appealing to a right-wing audience, Elon Musk suggested calling for the prosecution of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top immunologist and White House adviser on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Musk last message – “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci” – follows a series of posts from the world’s richest person on his newly acquired platform which has increasingly amplified far-right and conspiratorial content.
The morning message – alluding to support for Covid-19 conspiracy theories while offending transgender and non-binary people – was met with approval by far-right members of Congress including Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andy Biggs, who have indicated that the new House of Representatives will investigate Dr. Fauci.
He also posted a meme comparing Dr Fauci to a character from The Lords of the Rings this suggests that Dr. Fauci, as a corrupt adviser to a king (pictured as President Joe Biden), pushed for “more lockdowns,” which the administration never endorsed.
At the start of the pandemic, Musk relied on the platform to downplay the scale of the crisis. He also mistakenly believed in the pandemic would be finished in a few weekscalled public safety guidelines ‘stupid’ and ‘fascist’ as he seeks to preserve his heavily-policed Tesla manufacturing business, and echoed far-right protesters and Republican officials across the states States who have sought to cast doubt on the dangers of the public health emergency and intimidate health officials and experts who have properly warned the public of its impacts.
Musk, meanwhile, said he supports “vaccines in general [and] covid vaccines in particular,” he said. said last april. “The science is unequivocal.”
While raging against so-called workplace protections, Musk also showed a lot of deference to China, where Tesla’s massive factory in Shanghai was shut down by authorities during the coronavirus outbreak. ‘Omicron. It then reopened “under strict protocols which included workers living temporarily at the plant and not returning home.”
Human Rights Watch recently warned that Twitter’s relative refuge from Chinese social media censorship could be undermined by Musk’s “extensive business interests in China” and a history of “corporations crawling before Beijing in exchange for access to Chinese market.
Shortly after acquiring the platform, Twitter announced it would no longer enforce its policy against the spread of Covid misinformation, while its new owner frequently interacts and responds to messages from far-right figures, accusing the platform of deleting “information” about the pandemic that has been called false or misleading.
More than a million Americans have died from Covid-19.
Dr Fauci – the 81-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Biden – is set to leave his government post after more than 50 years in public service .
In a farewell essay for The New York Times published on December 11, Dr Fauci wrote that the successes of the pandemic response “have been driven by scientific advances, especially life-saving vaccines that have been developed, proven safe and effective in clinical trials and brought to the market. available to the public in one year – an unprecedented feat.”
“Other lessons are painful, such as the failures of some national and global public health responses,” he added.
He wrote that the public “must recognize that our fight against Covid-19 has been hampered by the deep political divisions in our society” and condemned how “decisions about public health measures such as the wearing of masks and vaccination with highly effective vaccines and safe vaccines have been influenced by misinformation and political ideology.
“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that public health policy decisions are based on the best available evidence,” he wrote. “Scientists and health workers can do their part by speaking out, including to new and old media sources, to share and explain in plain language the latest scientific findings as well as what remains to be learned.”
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