Fauci denounces 'low-life' trolls for harassing his wife and daughters and says disagreeing with Trump 'triggered a lot of hostility'

  • Anthony Fauci denounced the "low-life" trolls that harass his wife and children in a BBC interview.

  • He said he didn't fear the attacks but said "it's so cowardly" for people to target his family.

  • He blamed "far-right activists" for vast amounts of hostility because he disagreed with Trump.

Anthony Fauci, the White House's chief medical advisor, has denounced the "low-life" trolls that harassed his wife and children in a BBC interview.

He told Marianna Spring, the disinformation correspondent at the BBC, that he could "compartmentalize" the hate he receives, but he cannot ignore the vitriolic abuse his wife and three adult daughters experience.

Speaking on the "Americast" podcast about the abuse he faces, Fauci said people harassed his wife and children after finding out where the family lived and finding their phone numbers.

"So, as far as my own safety goes, I don't let that bother me. I have good security protection. But I think it's so cowardly for people to harass people who are completely uninvolved in this, including my children," Fauci said. He called it a "manifestation of the lowlife that does that."

Despite the abuse and threats, he said he remained focused on his "responsibility to the American public."


Fauci also highlighted the "tsunami of misinformation and disinformation stimulated and kindled by a great deal of divisiveness in the country."

Fauci became a target for misinformation, trolling, and online conspiracy theories while advising the government — first the Trump administration, then the Biden administration — on the COVID-19 pandemic.

He told Americast that disagreeing with Trump's stance on COVID-19 "generated an extraordinary amount of hostility" from "far-right" activists.

The former president was outspokenly against Fauci, with Trump saying he did "pretty much the opposite" of what his top expert had advised through his time in office during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2020, Fauci has experienced threats to his life over his role in sharing COVID-19 information and protection, with one man sentenced to three years in prison in August 2022 for sending death threats to Fauci in August 2022 via email.

Among the emails sent from Thomas Patrick Connally Jr. were graphic threats to Fauci that "you and your entire family will be dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire."

Fauci has stood firm despite the barrages of abuse, telling "Americast" that he has no doubt that his support of lockdowns to stop the spread of COVID-19 was correct.

He argued against the approach Sweden, which initially opted against introducing lockdowns, took.

"I would not under any circumstances adopt the Swedish model because if you look at the deaths and hospitalizations in Sweden compared to other Scandinavian countries, it's much, much worse," Fauci told "Americast."

Fauci, 81, is set to step down as the White House's chief medical advisor at the end of the month.

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