Rush Limbaugh Says Medical Experts Like Dr. Fauci Are 'Clinton Sympathizers' Who Want to 'Get Rid' of Trump

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has suggested that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other medical experts on the White House coronavirus task force are "Hillary Clinton sympathizers" with a vendetta against President Donald Trump.

Limbaugh made the comments on Tuesday's episode of The Rush Limbaugh Show. He claimed that Fauci had made a "thumbs up" gesture at a coronavirus briefing towards ABC reporter Jonathan Karl, president of the White House Correspondents Association. Limbaugh said that Fauci's gesture was in approval of Karl allowing a "China sympathetic" reporter into the briefing.

"I don't know if anybody noticed it, but little doctor, Dr. Fauci, at the end of the briefing, gave Karl a thumbs up, like a 'job well done' kind of thing," Limbaugh said. "It's just, we've got all of these Hillary Clinton sympathizers still in the medical expert team here."

"We know that one thing has not changed, and that is these people's desire, above everything else, to get rid of Donald Trump," he added.

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Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is given the Presidential Medal of Freedom at President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. on February 4, 2020. Mario Tama/Getty

Fauci continues to be the leading medical expert on the president's coronavirus task force and he has not expressed any desire to "get rid" of Trump. However, the two have appeared to disagree at times.

The president has repeatedly touted the drug hydroxychloroquine as an experimental treatment for the virus, while the doctor has been less enthusiastic. Fauci also recently told Science magazine that he disagrees with the president on "some things" he says during briefings but "can't jump in front of the microphone and push him down."

Fauci not completely agreeing with Trump's medical opinions has apparently not gone over well with some, reportedly prompting the doctor to be given an increased security detail due to threats from members of the public.

Newsweek reached out to Fauci for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Limbaugh warned of the damage the virus was doing to the economy and complained that experts on the medical team "don't care about the economy being shut down." He also denounced the idea of forming a separate task force focusing on economic issues, calling it "just another bureaucracy."

Although Limbaugh said that he understands the pandemic is "very serious," he has consistently expressed concerns about the financial impacts of the virus while downplaying health risks on his radio show, calling it "the common cold" on March 11 and suggesting that death rates were being artificially inflated on April 2.

On March 31 Limbaugh also implored his listeners to not "sit by and watch" the economy be harmed by the pandemic "under the guise of not losing any unnecessary life."

On Tuesday's show he insisted that efforts to contain the virus by telling people to stay at home were a ploy to harm Trump.

"Now we're getting stories of how wonderful it is to be at home," said Limbaugh. "There is an all-out subtle effort for the status quo because it's going to hurt Donald Trump. That is the objective. That's the only thing at the forefront of some of these people's minds while they portray themselves as being primarily concerned with public health."