I predicted this would blow up in their faces, and guess qhat?

Courtesy of Buzzfeed:

More than 1,000 health officials came to the aid of Dr. Anthony Fauci after a White House official published an op-ed trying to discredit the nation’s top health expert who has helped steer the country through the coronavirus pandemic so far.

Peter Navarro, an assistant to the president and a director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, wrote an op-ed in USA Today criticizing Fauci. The op-ed said Fauci has “been wrong on everything” that Navarro has interacted with him on.

Thousands of doctors are now ridiculing Navarro’s claims and responding with a broad defense of Fauci, who has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.

Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, told BuzzFeed News that White House aides trying to discredit Fauci only hurts the Trump administration.

“First of all, the people speaking out against Tony Fauci have absolutely no medical credibility, no public health credibility, and frankly, no policy credibility when it comes to any kind of disaster or situation involving human health,” Benjamin told BuzzFeed News. “They are undermining not just Fauci but everyone in the administration. You cannot have a competent public health response without a clear communication strategy. This isn’t it.”

Benjamin also spoke to Navarro’s assertion of Fauci “flip-flopping on the use of masks.” In the first months of the pandemic, US public health officials who were worried about shortages discouraged the use of surgical masks for everyone but medical personnel. But in April, the guidance switched to encouraging cloth masks for everyone after evidence emerged that face coverings lowered the risk of infected people transmitting COVID-19.

Dr. Fauci himself has suggested that these attacks are really only hurting Donald Trump.

Courtesy of The Atlantic

Anthony Fauci isn’t about to quit, despite the White House’s clumsy attempts to stain his public image. More so now than at any other point in their uneasy partnership, it seems that if President Donald Trump wants to be rid of Fauci, he’ll need to fire him. In recent days especially, the White House has stepped up efforts to discredit Fauci, a move he describes as “bizarre.”

“Ultimately, it hurts the president to do that,” Fauci told The Atlantic in a series of interviews this week. “When the staff lets out something like that and the entire scientific and press community push back on it, it ultimately hurts the president.”

He described the White House attacks against him as “nonsense” and “completely wrong.” He also seemed dismayed that they are coming at a time when COVID-19 is surging across the country, deaths are once again rising, and Americans remain deeply confused about how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

And these attacks by the White House are doing nothing to damage Fauci’s trustworthiness in the eyes of the American people.

Courtesy of Forbes

An Economist/YouGov poll released Wednesday showed 55% of voters surveyed have a favorable view of Fauci compared to 25% who have an unfavorable view.

Those sky-high numbers are reflected in other polls released Wednesday, like a Morning Consult/Politico poll in which 62% of voters surveyed rate Fauci’s handling of the virus as excellent or good while 29% rate it fair or poor, and a Global Strategy Group/GBAO poll which shows Fauci trusted on school reopening by a 40 point margin.

Trump fares poorly by comparison: he is underwater on Covid-19 by 16 points in the YouGov/Economist poll, 23 points in the Morning Consult/Politico poll and 30 points in the GSG/GBAO poll.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed that 65% of voters trust information on coronavirus provided by Fauci compared to 26% who don’t, while 67% distrust coronavirus information from Trump.

All Trump has managed to do with these cowardly attacks against Dr. Fauci is to confirm to the American people that he is unfit to lead during these challenging times.