Fauci mocked ‘ass-back’ diners for removing masks at the table

Dr. Anthony Fauci “hole-backed” restaurant patrons who removed their coronavirus masks when seated — and laughed at the absurdity of his own idea for anti-COVID-19 goggles, according to a new book.

The inside account is included by former White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern in “Vignettes & Vino” – from October 25 – calling Fauci “horrible” and an “egomaniac”.

“[I]n January 2020, [Fauci] said the virus is nothing to worry about for the American people. Then in the following months he said that people should not wear masks and that they are ineffective. By June or July he changed his tune and said everyone should be very worried and that they should wear multiple masks and glasses,” Morgenstern wrote.

“I vividly remember my blood boiling during an angry meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House when Fauci laughed at his own glasses remark, making it clear how cynical he was and that he could get people to believe anything,” the former aide continued.

“He went on to laugh about how ‘backwards’ it was for people to enter a restaurant with a mask, then sit down and talk to people without a mask. Of course he didn’t say things in public, but just laughed privately at the American rubes he fooled.”

Fauci has long been an advocate of Americans hiding indoors.
Dr. Fauci mocked diners who did not wear masks.
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The practice of wearing masks in businesses, but not while eating or drinking, was mandated by local orders across the US in mid-2020. Indoor tables were generally spaced apart to allow for social distancing between parties.

By the time of the Roosevelt Room meeting, Fauci was urging restaurant patrons to wear masks while seated — recommended masking while waiting for your waiter in a Comedy Central interview — but his colorful mockery of people who obeyed mask rules but without sufficient diligence is new.

Although he reportedly laughed at his own goggles remark, Fauci made a more serious impression when he made the recommendation to ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton made.

“If you have glasses or an eye shield, you should use them,” Fauci told Ashton in July 2020.

Asked if eye protection would be formally recommended, Fauci said: “It might, if you really want perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces.”

Fauci, 81, will retire in December after 38 years as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. His office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

Although widely respected among Democrats as a public health icon, Fauci is widely distrusted by Republicans and allies of former President Donald Trump.

He served in his role for decades.
Fauci, 81, will retire at the end of President Biden’s term.
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Fauci faced accusations of hypocrisy in July 2020 when he sat maskless between a friend and his wife in Nationals Park Stadium after throwing an opening pitch — likely flouting DC’s outdoor mask mandate.

And in a series of Senate hearings he is collided with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on US funding for “gain of function” research at the Wuhan, China, laboratory where the US intelligence community says the coronavirus pandemic may have begun.

Morgenstern co-authored the forthcoming book with his wife Teresa Morgenstern, a press officer for Operation Warp Speed, which led the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines.

The book pairs anecdotes from the Trump era with food and drink recipes. The Fauci chapter is accompanied by recipes for “Opening-Day Burgers” paired with beer.

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