Published: 10:45, June 24, 2023 | Updated: 10:52, June 24, 2023
Fauci expresses concern about US future due to disinformation

Dr Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks at a press briefing at the White House, Nov 22, 2022, in Washington. (PHOTO / AP)

LOS ANGELES – Former White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said he is worried about the future of the United States due to the "normalization of untruths," according to The Hill.

While appearing at The Hill's Future of Health Care Summit, Fauci was asked if he was worried about the country as it heads into the 2024 election season, The Hill reported on Thursday.

"I worry about the country a lot because what we're seeing – and I think anybody who just takes a deep breath and looks at what's going on – that we are in an arena, an era, of what I call the normalization of untruths," Fauci said.

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There are so many misrepresentations and distortions of reality and conspiracy theory, that it almost becomes normalized.

Anthony Fauci, Ex-Chief Medical Adviser,White House 

Fauci served as US President Joe Biden's top medical adviser and the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He stepped down at the end of 2022. 

"There are so many misrepresentations and distortions of reality and conspiracy theory, that it almost becomes normalized," he said. 

Continued Fauci: “We should not accept that as the new normal because when facts are no longer accepted as facts, when distortions occur and when reality is distorted, that will undermine the foundations of the social order and of our democracy. And history has shown us that.”

During the early parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fauci often found himself speaking at odds with then-President Donald Trump in regards to guidance on mitigating the virus.

Among some of the unsubstantiated suggestions the Republican president made early on was to ingest or inject disinfectants. Fauci would later say he worried Trump’s remarks would lead people to do “dangerous and foolish things”, The Hill wrote.

Before leaving government work at the end of 2022, Fauci said he felt he had to publicly disagree with Trump so as not to be “complicit” with spreading misinformation, said the report.

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Talking about his own future at Thursday’s summit, he would like to serve “as an inspiration or a model for younger people who want to get involved in science and public service or those who are already involved, to give them an idea of the kinds of things that can be accomplished”, it added.