Hot mic moment: Fauci calls Kansas Sen. Marshall a ‘moron’


Dr. Anthony Fauci, seen here in early 2021, said it’s important to address mental health issues that may arise from the pandemic. “Mental health is a very, very important part of what’s going on right now, and that’s the reason why there are programs now that are specifically addressing that,” he said. (Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The White House’s medical adviser and National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci had a “hot mic moment” on Tuesday, Jan. 11, calling Kansas Senator Roger Marshall a “moron” followed by uttering “Jesus Christ.”

The incident occurred after Marshall questioned Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Dr. Janet Woodcock, and Fauci at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions regarding several issues.

You can click here to view the hearing through C-SPAN along with a text log, but its text log does not include Fauci’s “hot mic moment.”

Here is the timestamp of the hearing for the parties in question:

  • 00:24:57 — The first time Walensky speaks in the hearing
  • 00:30:30 — The first time Fauci speaks in the hearing
  • 03:18:30 — The first time Marshall speaks in the hearing and Walensky responds
  • 03:19:44 — Walensky responds to Marshall
  • 03:20:59 — Woodcock responds to Marshall
  • 03:21:18 — The argument between Fauci and Marshall begins
  • 03:23:22 — Sen. Patty Murray haults the argument and you can faintly hear Fauci’s “hot mic moment”

Here is a corrected version of the text log from C-SPAN beginning at the first time Marshall speaks:

After Fauci’s “hot mic moment,” the argument is dropped. Marshall does not speak again for the remainder of the video.

Marshall released this statement in a news release following the hearing:

“I understand that Anthony Fauci had a very frustrating day: having a bombshell report show he, in fact, did award U.S. tax dollars for gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and being called out about his personal financial disclosure during the COVID pandemic NOT being publicly available must be very frustrating. Calling me a moron during a Senate hearing may have alleviated the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in America, but it didn’t take away from the facts,”

Fauci has not released a statement in response to the hearing.

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