‘My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci’: Musk targets US Covid response lead, attracts flak

In a tweet that has now gone viral, Twitter CEO Elon Musk has targetted Anthony Fauci, who turned the face of America’s Covid-19 pandemic response.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 12, 2022 11:48 IST

Elon Musk (L) and Anthony Fauci (R) (Picture: File/Reuters)

By India Immediately Internet Desk: Twitter CEO Elon Musk has focused the highest infectious illness official and the important thing advisor to the US response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Anthony Fauci, in a tweet that has sparked backlash. Within the newest tweet, Elon Musk wrote: ‘My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci’, alluding to the apply of indicating gender pronouns after one’s title.

The Tesla CEO additionally posted a meme targetting Anthony Fauci and US President Joe Biden and wrote : ‘Only one extra lockdown my king…’. It was an obvious criticism of the Covid mitigation measure Musk has repeatedly slammed however has not been deployed within the nation for over a yr.

Anthony Fauci was hailed as a hero by some in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. However many condemned him for his suggestions supporting social distancing, using face masks and vaccinations to guard towards Covid. Final month, Twitter, refurbished its on-line guidelines that exposed it should not implement its coverage towards Covid-19 misinformation, elevating issues amongst public well being consultants and social media researchers.

Musk’s tweet shortly went viral, receiving over 800,000 likes inside some 11 hours but in addition sparking swift criticism. Musk was criticised for targetting Fauci with vaccine scientist and creator Peter Hotez calling on billionaire to delete the tweet. Peter Hotez mentioned, “200,000 People needlessly misplaced their lives from Covid because of this type of antiscience rhetoric and disinformation.”

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MUSK CALLED OUT FOR TWEET

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar appreciated how Anthony Fauci ‘calmly guided our nation by disaster’. He addressed Elon Musk and mentioned: “Might you simply depart a great man alone in your seemingly infinite quest for consideration?”, reported information company AFP.

Former CIA Director John Brennan known as Fauci a “nationwide hero” and accused Musk of stoking hatred.

Anthony Fauci, who turned the face of America’s Covid-19 pandemic response underneath Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden, is making ready to step down from his authorities roles on the finish of the yr. He additionally give up the publish of director of the Nationwide Institute for Allergic reactions and Infectious Illnesses, which he has headed since 1984.

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Republican lawmakers have deliberate to grill Fauci after they take management of the Home of Representatives in January. The lawmakers have been at loggerheads with the highest immunologist over Covid vaccines, masks mandates and different pandemic-related points. Nonetheless, Fauci has already mentioned that he’s not involved about Republicans’ rising calls to analyze him over the US dealing with of the pandemic.

Musk, nevertheless, obtained reward from right-wing corners. Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted: “I affirm your pronouns Elon.” Her account was faraway from Twitter over Covid misinformation however was reinstated underneath Musk’s management.

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