Donald Trump Jr. Tells Republicans to 'Grow a Pair' Over Fauci Emails

Donald Trump Jr. called on Republican lawmakers to "grow a pair" and call for an investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci after BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post released hundreds of his emails on Tuesday.

The eldest son of former President Donald Trump on Thursday said Fauci "never knew what was actually going on" in the early days of the COVID pandemic, and accused him of running "cover from China from day one."

He also told Republicans not interested in investigating the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director that they don't "deserve to represent the American people anymore."

In a video message to his Rumble followers, Trump Jr. said: "Fauci never knew what was actually going on. It seems like he ran cover from China from day one, and did whatever he could to try and contradict Trump. And is he going to be held accountable? I doubt it.

"But if you're a Republican and you're sitting there—and with them wanting to investigate literally anything that happened under Trump—if you don't want an investigation in here, you don't deserve to represent the American people anymore.

"I hope the Republicans grow a pair and actually try to push back on this nonsense."

A number of Republicans called for Dr. Fauci to be fired from his role after thousands of pages of his emails from the early months of the pandemic were released.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) also used the "#FireFauci" hashtag as they posted about his emails on Wednesday.

"We've been needing to #FireFauci for months now, but after these #FauciEmails we simply cannot wait another day," Boebert tweeted. "How many lives could have been saved if these people were worried about science rather than PR?"

Dr. Fauci on Wednesday responded to mounting controversy around his emails.

"The only trouble is they are really ripe to be taken out of context where someone can snip out a sentence in an email without showing the other emails and say, 'based on an email from Dr. Fauci, he said such-and-such,' where you don't really have the full context," the NIAID director told NewsNation Now.

Newsweek contacted the NIAID for comment, but didn't receive an immediate response.

Donald Trump Jr in Dalton, Georgia
Donald Trump Jr., son of former U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a rally at Dalton Regional Airport January 4, 2021, in Dalton, Georgia. Alex Wong/Getty Images