Fox News host Will Cain said Monday that Dr. Anthony Fauci was “power drunk” and needed to be fired after he suggested Sunday that the United States should consider a vaccine requirement for domestic flights and that people should continue to wear masks on airplanes forever.
Cain joined the discussion on “Fox & Friends” with co-hosts Carley Shimkus and Lawrence Jones, and he argued that Fauci was “simply out of control.”
“So you have this sweeping vaccine mandate taking effect in New York City. Also on the Sunday shows, Dr. Fauci [said] he thinks that on flights people will be masked up forever. And also signaled his support for vaccine mandates in order to fly. No,” Shimkus began. “This is a massive overreach and it starts small with things that seemingly make sense like 15 days to slow the spread. You have to mask up during the height of the pandemic and now children are being forced to get vaccinated. You have vaccine mandates for small businesses and possibly a vaccine mandate in order to fly. It is outrageous.”
Shimkus noted that people were speaking out about the mandates, but they often weren’t the people who had any power to effect change or stop the mandates.
“Because of the administration that we have, expect to see more mandates coming down the road,” she added.
“It defies the science though,” Jones replied. “That’s the point we are missing on the airlines. But Will, Dr. Fauci told on himself. He said the reason why he wants this to continue on the airlines is because it’s going to squeeze people to get the vaccination. That’s the real objective is control, not science.”
Fauci had explained to ABC’s Jonathan Karl on Sunday that vaccine mandates for international travel were designed to prevent new infections from coming into the country from outside. He said that for domestic travel — which was reasonably safe due to the advanced filtration systems on airplanes coupled with the industry-wide mask mandates still in effect — and vaccine requirements would likely be more focused on coercing more people to get vaccinated.
“Anything that could get people more vaccinated would be welcome,” Dr. Anthony Fauci says when asked by @jonkarl about potential vaccine requirements for domestic air travel. https://t.co/6NvaxwLg5r pic.twitter.com/UMiNYMt0Hr
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 27, 2021
“You know, Dr. Anthony Fauci needs to be fired,” Cain replied. “He is simply out of control. He is power drunk. And I would ask any journalist who has access to Dr. Anthony Fauci: find the limits of his own power. Ask him, ask him the limit of his own power. See if you can find the point at which he would go, ‘No, that’s too much. We would never do that.’”
“I will guarantee you can you push the limit as far as can you find and it his answer will be well, ‘We will have to see what the data says at the moment,’” Cain continued. “We are not governed by data. Data which doesn’t support his power-drunk perspective. Data that shows omicron is overwhelmingly mild. But his power is limited by the foundational documents of this country. He is not empowered to tell us to get vaccinated to fly. He thinks so. And I would challenge you, find the limits. Ask him. See what he thinks the limits of his power might be.”
The conversation turned back to vaccine mandates that were already in place, in some cases forcing workers to either get vaccinated or lose their jobs.
“We are telling American citizens that either you can provide — either you get the vaccine or you can’t provide for your family,” Jones said. “I just think that’s a slippery slope, Will. That is the slope.”
“Yeah, it is the slope,” Shimkus agreed, and Cain added, “We are sliding down it quickly.”
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