Tech billionaire and Twitter CEO Elon Musk called for the top US health official Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is responsible for the pandemic management, to be prosecuted.
“My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” said Musk in a viral tweet, which was retweeted more than 217,000 times.
“The woke mind virus is either defeated or nothing else matters,” added Musk, who recently acquired Twitter.
Dr. Fauci, a chief medical advisor to the Biden Administration and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has been responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic management.
As a supporter of social distancing, the use of face masks, and vaccines, Dr. Fauci was often criticized by former president Donald Trump. In August, Dr. Fauci announced that he would step down from his multiple positions at the end of the year.
The White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre called these attacks on Dr. Fauci and other public health professionals “disgusting,” “divorced from reality,” and “dangerous.”
“We are fortunate, I should say, that he has devoted his career and his life and his exceptional talent to America’s public health. And that’s what should be discussed right now. That’s what we should be thankful to him about,” Jean-Pierre said during the press briefing on Monday.
Dr. Fauci said he does not pay “any attention” to Musk.
“If you get drawn into that, I have to be honest, that cesspool of interaction, there’s no value added to that,” he told CNN.