Pelosi and Biden say ‘Listen to Fauci.’ Does that include his endorsement of voting in person?

Pelosi and Biden say ‘Listen to Fauci.’ Does that include his endorsement of voting in person?
Anthony Fauci (Image: YouTube screen grab)

Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden are of a single mind in their admiration of Dr. Anthony Fauci. Let me clarify. Their admiration is more of Fauci’s title — he is director of the National Institutes of Health Director (aka, an “expert”) — than it is for his views on how best to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which neither of them understands the first thing about. (RELATED: ‘Science, science, science’: Pelosi wipes her nose, touches House podium)

“Dr. Fauci is a truth-teller,” Pelosi told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell back in April. “He’s science, knowledge, evidence, data, and that’s what we have to have if we’re going to have a cure and not just ‘I heard this works.'” The “I heard this works” part of the quote is a dig at Donald Trump, who is not an expert.

Biden was equally emphatic in his praise of Fauci and condemnation of Trump in July, when he slammed the president for his “disgusting” attempt to discredit the doctor. Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement:

The president’s disgusting attempt to pass the buck by blaming the top infectious disease expert in the country — whose advice he repeatedly ignored and Joe Biden consistently implored him to take — is yet another horrible and revealing failure of leadership as the tragic death toll continues to needlessly grow.

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The million-dollar question now is how Pelosi and Biden will react to Fauci’s latest pronouncement made during an interview on National Geographic. A clip of the segment follows, followed in turn by a manuscript.

National Geographic: Can people safely go out and vote in person given that this year there’s so much concern around the vote?

Anthony Fauci: I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case. For example, you know, when you look at going to a grocery store now in many regions and counties and cities that are doing it correctly, they have Xs every six or more feet and it says, ‘Don’t leave this spot until the person in front of you left their spot.’ And you can do that. If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that. Obviously, if you’re a person who is compromised physically or otherwise so you don’t want to take the chance, there’s the situation of mail-in voting that is done for years in many places. So, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to vote in person or otherwise.

Something tells me his “expert” advice will be rejected summarily by Pelosi, Biden, and other Democrats. Fauci, incidentally, is not the first “expert” to green light in-person voting. (RELATED: Dems’ enthusiasm for mail-in voting is apparently newfound: A look back)

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."