— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) July 20, 2021
No matter how stiff the competition, Senator Paul is on it!
"Sen. Paul, you do not know what you are talking about" https://t.co/rdiGNw5RHa
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) July 20, 2021
Per the Washington Post:
… The argument, which echoed an earlier dust-up, centered on Paul’s claim that the National Institutes of Health awarded a grant that partially funded a project that relied on “gain-of-function” research, a controversial practice that involves enhancing a virus in a lab to try to anticipate future pandemics. This type of experimentation has come under growing scrutiny as U.S. intelligence agencies investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus and the theory that it could have accidentally leaked from a lab.
Officials have repeatedly denied Paul’s allegations, and in a hearing in May, Fauci told the senator that the National Institutes of Health “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research” at the Chinese lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
On Tuesday, Paul suggested that Fauci had lied: “Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11 where you claimed that the NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?” Paul asked.
“Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci replied, adding that the research had been “judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function.”
Paul then accused Fauci of “dancing around this because you are trying to obscure responsibility for four million people dying around the world from a pandemic.”
“I totally resent the lie that you are now propagating, senator,” Fauci shot back…
This is after Sen. Paul’s comments yesterday apparently failed to get him enough traction on social media:
this is disgusting even for rand paul, whose neighbor should be given a second crack at him https://t.co/Llopvuzeov
— NATION-STATE INSURGENCY MACHINE (@golikehellmachi) July 19, 2021
Reminder: Rand Paul's opinion can matter even if he's the only one who holds it. Why? Because most things in the Senate are done with unanimous consent, or else can chew up many days of floor time.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) July 20, 2021
Even if he never quite manages to be the Worst Person in the Senate — or even the Worst Senator From Kentucky — I think we can all agree that Rand Paul is a terrible f*cking excuse for a human being.