Fauci says Fox should ‘fire’ host after ‘kill shot’ comment

Watters urged crowd to go for rhetorical ‘kill shot’ in ‘ambush’ of Fauci

John Bowden
Tuesday 21 December 2021 17:41 GMT
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The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr Anthony Fauci, is calling for the firing of a Fox News host after the broadcaster encouraged a crowd of young conservatives to “ambush” him and urged them to go for a rhetorical “kill shot”.

The violent rhetoric was used by The Five co-host Jesse Watters during an address to the right-wing youth group Turning Point USA over the weekend. On day three of the group’s conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr Watters described how someone could go viral on social media with a public confrontation with Dr Fauci.

“You got to ambush a guy like Fauci. OK, this is how you do these ambushes like [Project Veritas founder James] O'Keefe. You got to be respectful because they'll turn the tables on you and you can't have it blow up in your face,” said Mr Watters.

At one point, he switched over to almost exclusively gun-related metaphors: “Now you go in for the kill shot. The kill shot....whew, with an ambush, deadly. Because he doesn’t see it coming,” said Mr Watters.

He then added, backing away from the language: “This is when you say, Dr Fauci, you funded risky research at a sloppy Chinese lab,” referring to funding of research at a Wuhan-based virology lab that has been the center of accusations for the “lab leak” theory of the origin of Covid-19.

Dr Fauci responded on CNN’s New Day, when asked about the quote by John Berman.

“I’m wondering, you know, how much that concerns you when you hear language like that about you and your well-being?” asked Mr Berman.

“That’s awful that he said that. And he’s going to go very likely unaccountable. I mean, whatever network he’s on is not going to do anything for him. I mean, that’s crazy. The guy should be fired on the spot,” said Dr Fauci.

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