Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls COVID 'Chinese Made Bio Weapon,' Wants Fauci Fired

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has continued her attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci while pushing the claim that COVID-19 was a "Chinese made bio weapon."

Greene has been a vocal critic of Fauci throughout the pandemic and has opposed measures and restrictions meant to protect people against the coronavirus, including the wearing of masks.

The attacks against Fauci from Greene and other right-wing figures have intensified in recent days after thousands of his emails were released via Freedom of Information Act requests.

One of the biggest revelations from the cache of emails was the suggestion that Fauci was informed that the virus could have originated in a lab in Wuhan, China, before he publicly acknowledged that possibility.

Fauci was also found stating in February 2020 as the COVID-19 outbreak first broke out that store-bought masks are "not really effective in keeping out virus" and should only be worn by infected people to prevent virus spreading.

While there is no proof that the virus emanated from a lab—with Fauci long-believing that it was spread from animal to human—conspiracy theorists have frequently claimed that it was biologically created in China to be used as a weapon.

The theory gained momentum in May following reports that three researchers at a Chinese virology laboratory in Wuhan became seriously ill from the virus in 2019, one month before the first was publicly first detected.

Greene has now used the release of Fauci's emails to validate her claims and once again push the theory that coronavirus was man-made to be used as a weapon while calling for Fauci to be fired.

"Through a Chinese made bio weapon, America and the world came to a halt," Greene tweeted.

"But it is the Democrat's Socialists policies that has caused the derailment of our strong economic engine, and will prevent the return.

"In less than five months, Atlas Shrugged," Green added in reference to Ayn Rand's dystopian and pro-capitalism novel.

In another tweet on Friday, Greene also suggested that Fauci should be held "accountable for his lies and potential involvement" in any alleged cover-up of the origins of the Chinese virus while demanding his resignation.

"We remain convinced that Dr. Fauci misled the American public regarding the origins, transmission, and mortality of the COVID-19 pandemic," Greene wrote in a letter to President Joe Biden.

"Not only his private correspondence, but his ongoing contradictory advice on the use of masks, vaccines, and social distancing and isolation demonstrates either incompetence or deception.

"Almost 600,000 Americans have died because of this Chinese-made virus," Greene added. "It is past time the American people began receiving answers from their government instead of propaganda, mandates, and restrictions."

Recently, Greene has worn masks with her words "Fire Fauci" written on them while sharing tweets with the #FireFauci hashtag. In April, she introduced a Fire Fauci Act, which called for Fauci's salary to be reduced to nothing over his handling of the pandemic.

In another email from April 2020, an executive at EcoHealth Alliance, the global nonprofit that helped fund some research at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology, thanked Fauci for publicly stating that there is no scientific evidence to support the lab-leak theory.

Speaking to CNN, Fauci said the idea that he had a "too cozy" relationship with the people behind the Wuhan lab research as "nonsense."

"I don't even see how they get that from that email," he said on Thursday.

"You can misconstrue it however you want—that email was from a person to me saying 'thank you' for whatever it is he thought I said, and I said that I think the most likely origin is a jumping of species.

"I still do think it is, at the same time as I'm keeping an open mind that it might be a lab leak."

In another email in April, National Institute of Health Director Francis Collins wrote a message to Fauci with the subject line "conspiracy gains momentum" in an apparent reference to the claim the virus was the result of a lab leak.

Fauci's response is redacted in the released email, and he said he does not remember what he said in his reply.

"I don't remember what's in that redacted, but the idea I think is quite farfetched that the Chinese deliberately engineered something so that they could kill themselves as well as other people," he added to CNN. "I think that's a bit far out."

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Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks at an America First Rally also attended by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on May 27, 2021 in Dalton, Georgia. Megan Varner/Getty Images