President Trump told campaign staff “we’re going to win this race” in a phone call Monday morning in which said he would have up to five rallies a day and declared: “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots.”
With the presidential election just 15 days away, the president sought to rally his campaign staffers for the home stretch and sounded off against the government’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, calling him a “disaster.”
“People are tired of COVID,” Trump said. “People are saying, ‘Whatever, just leave us alone.’ They’re tired of it. CNN will play it all day long — that’s the only way they think they can win,” he went on. “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people that have gotten it wrong. Fauci is a nice guy,” Trump said, calling the 79-year-old physician and researcher “a wonderful sage” who has “been here for 500 years.”
Trump indicated he wanted to fire the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases but couldn’t because of potential public outrage. “Every time he goes on television there’s always a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him. Fauci’s a disaster. If I’d listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths,” Trump said.
Sources: NYpost, NBCnews; Image: CNBC