Vile supporter Stephen Colbert used Tuesday’s show to scold that Dr Anthony Fauci had “slapped” Rand Paul during a Senate hearing. He also joked about the death of the Kentucky senator, mocking, “Okay. It’s time to call him. Time of death 23:41 “ This is beyond bad taste, given that Paul was victim of real violence from an unbalanced neighbor and was on the softball field where a deranged leftist shot the Republicans, hitting Rep. Steve Scalise.
The late show the host began by editing a video of the two during Tuesday’s Senate hearing, “Earlier today Senator Paul had a bit of a fight with Dr. Anthony Fauci. I’ll show you a clip, and you don’t have to understand what Rand Paul is saying because he clearly doesn’t. All you need to know is that he tried to call Dr Fauci a liar, and the good doctor. slapped him in his Old Kentucky Home.
Colbert’s claim that you don’t need to know what Paul is talking about is absurd because the two were arguing over the definition of gain-of-office and if you don’t know what it is, you can’t. say that is true.
After Fauci refused to retract his statement that the NIH never funded the GOF, the two continued:
RAND PAUL: You take an animal virus and you increase its transmissibility to humans, you say it’s not a gain in function?
ANTHONY FAUCI: That’s right and Senator Paul, you don’t know what you’re talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say it officially. You don’t know what you’re talking about.
Colbert then returned to declare: “Okay. It’s time to call him. Time of death 11:41 p.m. Doctor on duty: Tony Fauci. Cause of death: Tony Fauci. “
It’s the same Paul who had his pierced lung during an attack on his neighbor in 2017. That same year, Paul was part of the Republican baseball team that was shot dead in Alexandria.
But, Paul is right. As the Washington post‘s Josh rogin noted on Twitter, “Hey guys, [Rand Paul] was right and Fauci was wrong. The NIH was funding gain-of-office research in Wuhan, but the NIH claimed it did not meet its definition of “gain-of-office” to bypass its own oversight mechanism. SorryNotSorry if that doesn’t match your favorite story. “
Indeed, the NIH website warned “Some studies of gain of function with the potential to increase the pathogenicity or transmissibility of potential pandemic pathogens [emphasis added] (PPP) have raised biosecurity and biosecurity concerns, including the potential risks of dual use associated with the misuse of the information or products resulting from this research. ”
So Colbert was wrong and Fauci was wrong, but at least Colbert had some cheap laughs.
This segment was sponsored by Crete.
Here’s a transcript of the July 20 show:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
11:41 a.m. ET
STEPHEN COLBERT: Earlier today, Senator Paul had a bit of a fight with Dr. Anthony Fauci.
I’m going to show you a clip, and you don’t need to understand what Rand Paul is saying because it clearly isn’t. All you need to know is that he tried to call Dr. Fauci a liar, and the good doctor slapped him in his Old Kentucky Home.
START THE CLIP
RAND PAUL: Dr Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you want to withdraw your May 11 statement where you claim the NIH never funded research into office gain in Wuhan?
ANTHONY FAUCI: Senator Paul, I have never lied to Congress and I am not recanting. This document to which you refer was judged by qualified personnel upstream and downstream of the chain as not being a gain of function.
PAUL: So you say –
FAUCI: Let me finish …
PAUL: You take an animal virus and you increase its transmissibility to humans, you say it’s not a gain in function?
FAUCI: That’s right and Senator Paul, you don’t know what you’re talking about, quite frankly. (Cheers and applause) And I want to say it officially. You don’t know what you’re talking about.
COLBERT: Okay. It’s time to call him. Time of death 11:41 p.m. (Cheers and applause) Doctor on call: Tony Fauci. Cause of death: Tony Fauci. (Laughs)