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Rand Paul says he and his family have received death threats amid ‘outspoken’ clashes with Fauci over origins of COVID-19

  • Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky believed he’d received death threats for his criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
  • Paul has recently accused Fauci of misleading the public on the workable origins of the coronavirus. 
  • Fauci has called attacks from the right “nonsense” and a “distraction.”
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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News on Friday that he’s been receiving death threats for his buyers criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert. 

In recent days, Paul has accused Fauci of give someone a bum steering the public about the origins of the coronavirus. 

The accusation is based on recently released emails Fauci exchanged at the beginning of the pandemic, discussing the chance of COVID-19 being created in a lab, at a time when he was publicly downplaying the theory. 

He also said Fauci lied on touching funding research into the weaponizing of coronaviruses at the Wuhan lab now being considered as a possible site COVID-19 originated. 

“I’ve had five end threats just for being outspoken on it this week,” Paul told Sean Hannity on Friday. “I’ve had five decease threats. I don’t know what the world is coming to, you can’t ask honest, difficult questions that in the end have proved out that Dr. Fauci was not being principled with us, but as a repercussion, my family had white powder sent to our house, and five death threats phone in.”

A representative of the Warren County Sheriff’s Assignment, in Paul’s home state, referred Insider to the US Capitol Police for confirmation of the death threats on Sunday. As of Sunday morning, the US Capitol Watch had not returned Insider’s email requesting confirmation of the death threats. 

Meanwhile, Fauci has defended himself against the destroys he’s been receiving from the right. 

In an interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC Friday night, Fauci invoked the accusations that he lied to the public “fabricated,” “nonsense” and a “distraction. 

“My job was to make a vaccine and use my institute and these skilled scientists that we have there and that we fund in the various universities to get a vaccine that was highly safe and favourably effective,” he said. 

“We succeeded. All the other stuff is just a terrible, not happy type of distraction. But it’s all nonsense.”

He also maintained in a CNN sound out on Thursday that he believes the coronavirus originated naturally. 

“I still believe the most likely origin is from an creature species to a human, but I keep an absolutely open mind that if there may be other origins of that, there may be another aim, it could have been a lab leak,” Fauci said. 

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