Marjorie Taylor Greene refuses to call Fauci a doctor

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia was chastised Monday for refusing to recognize Dr. Anthony Fauci as a doctor during a combative House hearing on Fauci’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mr. Fauci, because you’re not a doctor, you’re Mr. Fauci in my few minutes,” Greene, a Republican, said, addressing Fauci.

Fauci attempted to answer Greene’s question about masking guidelines during the pandemic, but his response could not be heard because his microphone did not appear to be on. Shortly after, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, stepped in to clarify whether Greene could simply ignore Fauci’s title.

“Mr. President, in terms of the rules of decorum, is it permissible to deny that a doctor is a doctor because we do not want him to be a doctor?” Raskin said.

Republican lawmakers questioned Fauci in his first hearing since leaving the federal government in 2022. Fauci was testifying before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, a panel investigating the federal response to the pandemic.

Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, played a major role in shaping the response to the outbreak. Over time, President Donald Trump became embittered by Fauci’s advice. Since then, conservatives have attacked the doctor to the point where he testified that he still receives death threats.

Greene defended his treatment of Fauci, responding to Raskin: “Yes, because in my time, this man doesn’t deserve to have a license. In fact, he should be revoked, and he belongs in prison.”

She then added that Fauci had committed “crimes against humanity.”

Fauci played a major role in the Trump administration’s development of COVID-19 vaccines, which decrease the risk of hospitalization and death.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, the Republican who leads the panel, chastised Greene for her actions.

“The lady should recognize the doctor as a doctor,” Wenstrup said.

Rep. Robert Garcia of California, a Democrat who spoke immediately after Greene, apologized to Fauci for the way he had been treated.

“Frankly, this might be the craziest hearing I’ve ever been to, and I’ve only been in Congress a year and a half,” Garcia said. “I am very sorry that you are subject to this level of attack.”

Greene, a close ally of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, returned to her roots by challenging GOP leadership and upsetting House hearings with her questions. Greene led an unsuccessful attempt to oust President Mike Johnson.

She also threatened to withhold funding for the entire state of New York after a jury found Trump guilty of 34 counts related to a scheme to falsify business records to conceal government payments. hush money to a porn star.


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