by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Thursday took aim at the federal court ruling that overturned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask mandate on planes and public transportation, calling it “disturbing” that a judge can overrule the CDC.
In an appearance on CNN+, the failed $300 million streaming service that the cable network dissolved on Thursday after just 23 days, Fauci reiterated that courts should have no say in public health mandates.
“We are concerned about … courts getting involved in things that are unequivocally public health decisions,” Fauci said. “This is a CDC issue, it should not have been a court issue.”
Fauci made the same argument in an appearance on CBS News. “The principle of a court overruling a public health judgment by a qualified organization like the CDC is disturbing in the precedent that it might send,” he said. “This is a public health matter, not a judicial matter.”
A federal judge on Monday blocked the CDC’s mask mandate, and within hours many airlines and public transportation systems across the country announced they would allow passengers to travel maskless.
But the Biden administration has committed to fighting to put the mask mandate back in place. The Justice Department on Wednesday filed a notice of appeal against the court order.
It shouldn’t shock us that Fauci believes he and his fellow COVID scolds should be above the law. Editors at National Review Online offered a great assessment of the doctor’s self-importance.
Nearly everyone in Washington enjoys being in front of a microphone, but even the most shameless media hogs might blush at Fauci’s interview schedule. It would be one thing if Fauci were merely delivering updates on the state of Covid. But he has gone way beyond that and delved into pure self-promotion. How did the appearance of Fauci on the cover of InStyle, sitting by the pool in sunglasses, declaring, “With all due modesty, I think I’m pretty effective,” advance public health?