Marjorie Taylor Greene, Other Republicans Renew Calls for Fauci Ouster: He 'Controlled Our Lives'

A group of U.S. House Republicans who have opposed mask mandates and shutdowns during the coronavirus pandemic called for the removal of Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday, accusing him of advocating unnecessary measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

"Dr. Fauci was not elected by the American people—he was not supposed to guide our economy," Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, told reporters at the U.S. Capitol. "Yet Dr. Fauci very much controlled our lives for the past year."

She added, "How do you feel about being part of this human experiment? That is what we have been over this past year,"

Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for nearly four decades, but his profile rose significantly last year as the face of the nation's coronavirus response. The NIAID didn't immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment from Fauci on Tuesday.

President Joe Biden recently told reporters he remains "very confident" in Fauci's work, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said there is no circumstance in which she could see the president firing Fauci.

COVID-19 has killed more than 600,000 people in the United States, but daily confirmed cases and deaths have steadily dropped as 145 million people have gotten fully vaccinated.

Greene has proposed legislation, which has attracted eight co-sponsors, that would effectively fire Fauci by reducing his salary to zero dollars, but it is unlikely to be considered in the Democratic-controlled House.

Republican lawmakers have pounced on Fauci's emails—first obtained by BuzzFeed and The Washington Post via requests through the Freedom of Information Act—for any missteps or inconsistencies during the early months of the pandemic while he was advising the Trump administration. They've also taken issue with Fauci's public remarks downplaying the possibility that the coronavirus was created in a lab in Wuhan, China.

Supporters of the legislation took turns during Tuesday's news conference accusing Fauci of being an opportunistic publicity seeker whose advice has changed over time.

"He's an actor and deserves an Academy Award for best dramatic acting in a pandemic," said Representative Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican.

They also attacked China over its links to the virus, and some even questioned whether the virus was intentionally leaked, though there has been no evidence showing that the virus was used as a biological weapon.

Still, Greene asked at the news conference, "Were we victims of a bioweapon?"

Greene was stripped of her committee assignments following a string of controversies targeting Democrats. With no committee hearings to attend, Greene has taken on several high-profile pet causes and set out on a Trump-styled campaign tour across the country alongside Florida Representative Matt Gaetz.

She's frequently feuded with a group of liberal female House members known as "the Squad," and Democratic Representative Cori Bush of Missouri moved her office to be farther away from her.

On Monday, Greene held a press conference to apologize for comparing mask requirements to the Holocaust after she toured the Holocaust Memorial Museum near the Capitol. House Republican leaders publicly condemned the comparison.

Marjorie Taylor Greene calls for Fauci's firing
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on June 15. Greene and several other Republican representatives have called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired. Drew Angerer/Getty Images