HIV specialist begged Fauci to ensure “folks” who “pump iron, drink beer, have a burger, and get a tan” couldn’t do so in Florida
Source: National File
An email exchange between Anthony Fauci and a doctor in Florida from March 2020 shows that Fauci promised to pressure then-President Donald Trump to intimidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis into closing gyms, bars, and beaches. Both physicians raged at citizens exercising their individual liberty, with Fauci stating he screamed during television interviews “2 to 5 times per night” when he saw young people having fun.
In the emails, which were obtained under a Freedom Of Information Act request, a Florida HIV specialist named Doug Brust declares himself to be on the “front line,” as well as “frustrated” and “angry.” Brust stated, “On the drive home just now, the gyms, bar-grilles, and restaurants still packed. Yes, bars are closed in Florida–but if they serve food (which they all do)…….they’re open. Ans [sic] so much for the 50% capacity “suggestion.”
Brust went to complain about beachgoers, and stated that he had sent letters to DeSantis demanding the state close beaches, gyms, and restaurants. “I’m the HIV doc here. I’m it. You know how seriously I take caring for my patients. I have [redacted]. I am putting my life on the line so folks can go pump iron, drink beer, have a burger, and get a tan,” Brust seethed.
In response, Fauci wrote, “Doug: Thanks for the note. I have pushed hard on PPEs and as you may know, the POTUS has involved the Department of Defense to provide 5 million N-95 respirators. Hopefully that will alleviate at least a portion of the PPE shortage. Regarding the bars and beaches, I have been screaming on TV 2 to 5 times per night to tell the younger generation to start taking this seriously.”
Fauci continued, “I am very surprised that Gov. DeSantis has not completely closed the bars, even if they serve food. Take out only. I will bring this up at the Task Force meeting tomorrow. Please take care of yourself. You are an indispensable front line warrior.”
No public response has been issued by Fauci to the damning conversations contained in the emails.