GOP Doctors Caucus vice chair Rep. Greg Murphy of North Carolina led the physicians’ letter to Fauci, blasting President Biden’s top medical aide for his lack of professionalism toward the Kansas senator.
“Dr. Fauci has forfeited his credibility as a public health expert by placing political science ahead of medical science,” Murphy, a practicing surgeon, told Fox News Digital in a Tuesday statement. “Physicians have an obligation to put forward clear, consistent, and well-educated messaging to inform patients and the public. Instead of fulfilling this responsibility, Dr. Fauci has administered confusing and conflicting information in an air of arrogance that has resulted in a marked decrease in the public’s trust.”
“Dr. Fauci’s recent denigrating antics in undermining our highly respected colleague, Dr. Marshall, is just the latest example of his tragic failure to lead,” the North Carolina Republican continued. “We ask that Dr. Fauci make a public statement immediately withdrawing his derogatory comments, and reflect on the fact that medical opinions are best achieved through consensus and humility, not arrogant monolithic statements. Dr. Fauci should take stock of how his divisive actions have done our nation more harm than good.”
The lawmakers wrote that, while “certain medical disease states lend themselves easily to physician consensus,” the country has seen “anything but” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have seen unfortunate deprecation by some physicians to other physicians over disagreements in issues dealing with masks, therapeutics as well as vaccines,” the letter exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital reads.
“People expect physicians to be tolerant and always respect diversity,” the lawmakers continue. “A physician, especially in a national leadership position, who doesn’t respect diversity – which includes diversity of opinion – reflects poorly on our entire profession.”
The Republicans wrote they “understand that congressional hearings can sometimes be challenging” and lambasted Fauci’s “behavior” of calling Marshall, a fellow medical doctor, a “moron” during a Senate hearing as “extremely unprofessional and uncalled for.”