Dr. Anthony Fauci called critics “mischevious” Friday for making a big deal out of photos of him not wearing a mask while watching the Washington Nationals play baseball after throwing out the first pitch for their opening game.
Fauci responded to a question from a reporter about why he wasn’t wearing a mask in the photo, saying that he was with his wife and a very close friend and that he was in the middle of drinking water when the photo was taken.
“I think this is sort of mischievous with this thing going around,” Fauci said. “I had my mask around my chin, I had taken it down, I was totally dehydrated and I was drinking water trying to rehydrate myself. And by the way, I was negative COVID literally the day before.”
I agree with Fauci that the criticism was unwarranted; in fact, I would criticize him for wearing the mask when there was no one around him for probably hundreds of feet except his wife and friend, from whom I assume he has not been social distancing up until now or he probably would have been sitting at least 6 feet away.
In all likelihood, some have become so filled with animus toward Fauci for what they see as his overly restrictive stance on coronavirus safety that they jump on any chance to criticize him. It’s understandable, I guess, but not much different than the Trump-haters who throw all kinds of unwarranted criticism at our president even when it’s not really justified.
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