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A month ago, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would retire at the end of President Biden’s first term in office. However, his plans have seemingly changed, and now the controversial doctor is set to retire in December. 

Dr. Fauci, rose to prominence in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the left has praised his authoritarian handling of public health.

When asked about Dr. Fauci’s retirement, while being interviewed on Fox and Friends, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) replied, “Well, I think he’s done a lot of damage, I think he should have been gone long ago, and if you think about what he’s done with his arrogance, that’s part of the reason why he’s advocated policies that have been so destructive.”

“He thinks people that disagree with him are somehow beneath him, but his policies were the driving force behind locking kids out of school in parts of this country for over a year, forcing them to wear masks for 8 hours a day for two years,” he continued. 

“He cost people jobs, he destroyed people’s businesses with his policies, and he was never willing to admit that he was wrong when it was clear that those policies don’t work.” 

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Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) savaged Dr. Fauci on Twitter: “Fauci is stepping down in December to try and avoid scrutiny from a Republican House that will take over in January. Understand this loud and clear, Anthony: We are coming for you whether you retire or not. You will not get away with what you did to America.”

We don’t know why Fauci is speeding up his retirement. However, it could be that Democrats are scared of the political implications of keeping him around, given how unpopular he is with many on the right. 

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While not mentioning Dr. Fauci by name, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tweeted out, “Covid shutdown policies have wrecked our economy, jobs, and destroyed so many small businesses like restaurants. This is all a result of oppressive government leaders who turned into totalitarian dictators during covid. We will never allow this to happen again!” 

Little is currently known about Fauci’s plans going forward; however, the 81-year-old doctor explained in an official statement earlier this week that he will be leaving his current positions to “pursue the next chapter of my career.”