Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul fired back Thursday after Democratic Washington Sen. Patty Murray rebuked him for interrupting Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Paul used his time to question Fauci about his previous comments as well as his support for gain of function research and possible attempts to obscure that support by changing the definition of gain of function. When Paul’s time had expired, Murray gave Fauci some time to rebut Paul’s assertions.
“There were so many things that are egregious misrepresentation here, Madam Chair, that I don’t think I would be able to refute all of them,” Fauci began, saying that he would take a moment to address a couple of Paul’s comments.
“You said I’m unwilling to take any responsibility for the current pandemic. I have no responsibility for the current pandemic. The current pandemic, okay?” Fauci continued as Paul shook his head. “Number two, you said the overwhelming amount of evidence indicates that’s a lab leak. I believe most card-carrying … molecular virologists would disagree with you. It is much more likely, even though we leave open all possibilities, much more likely it was a natural occurrence. Third, you say we –”