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Anthony Fauci is mocked as the 'Patron Saint of Wuhan' after DC Mayor declares Christmas Eve 'Dr. Fauci Day' to mark his 80th birthday - as critics blast move as 'left wing insanity'

 Dr. Anthony Fauci has been mocked as the ‘Patron Saint of Wuhan’ in response to the Mayor of Washington DC proclaiming Christmas Eve to be ‘Dr. Fauci Day’ in the District to commemorate his 80th birthday.

Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the proclamation on Wednesday, marking December 24, 2020 as a day dedicated to celebrating Fauci, a longtime DC resident who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the top U.S. advisor on COVID-19.

‘Dr. Fauci has been a hero to our nation during this incredibly difficult year, working tirelessly to save lives and guide our nation’s response to and recovery from the pandemic,’ Bowser said in a statement.


‘We are incredibly proud to count him among the many D.C. residents who are sacrificing so much to keep our communities healthy and safe,’ she said. ‘I issue this honor on behalf of all Washingtonians in gratitude and recognition of Dr. Fauci’s service to our nation and our city.’

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been mocked as the ‘Patron Saint of Wuhan’ in response to the Mayor of Washington DC proclaiming Christmas Eve to be ‘Dr. Fauci Day’ in the District to mark his 80th birthday

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been mocked as the ‘Patron Saint of Wuhan’ in response to the Mayor of Washington DC proclaiming Christmas Eve to be ‘Dr. Fauci Day’ in the District to mark his 80th birthday

A beaming Fauci is shown holding a frame copy of Bowser's declaration on Wednesday

A beaming Fauci is shown holding a frame copy of Bowser's declaration on Wednesday

In her announcement, Bowser touted Fauci’s service to six presidents, his commitment to serve as President-elect Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, and his love for the Washington Nationals baseball team

In her announcement, Bowser touted Fauci’s service to six presidents, his commitment to serve as President-elect Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, and his love for the Washington Nationals baseball team

In her announcement, Bowser touted Fauci’s service to six presidents, his commitment to serve as President-elect Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, and his love for the Washington Nationals baseball team.

She also shared an image of the White House coronavirus task force member accepting a framed copy of her declaration, calling him 'a shining light in dark times for the nation.'

While Bowser encouraged all Washingotnians to ‘join me in wishing him the happiest of birthdays’, not all were forthcoming with words of praise or well wishes.

Leading the charge of outrage, was outspoken Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, who lamented Bowser, and dubbed Fauci the ‘Patron Saint of Wuhan’ in images broadcast during his show.

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The scathing remarks came as part of a lengthy monologue regarding political divisions in the US stoked by opposing religious beliefs.

‘Now you sometimes hear people refer to the political divide in our country as between the religious and the secular, but that’s not really true,’ Carlson began. ‘The truth is, everyone in this country has a religion, whether you worship god or worship yourself – those are America’s two competing fates.’

Carlson went on to brand DC the capital of the ‘latter sec’, adding that he believed the District is the ‘Rome of spiritual narcissism.’

‘In Washington, human power is worshiped as the living God. You’ll see temples to human power throughout the city as well as smaller shrines to its saints.

‘The latest holy man to be beatified there is a diminutive federal bureaucrat called Tony Fauci.’

Leading the charge of outrage, was outspoken Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson

Leading the charge of outrage, was outspoken Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson

The Fox host went on to brand Fauci the ‘high priest of the COVID cult’, adding that a paper mask was his sacred garment, while cable news was his pulpit.

As Carlson delivered the searing soliloquy, a photoshopped image of Fauci appeared on screen, showing him draped in cartoon religious garbs, surrounded by text that read: ‘Lord Fauci, the Patron Saint of Wuhan.’

Carlson continued by insisting the people of Washington ‘bow before Father Fauci and throw their Patagonia fleeces before him to ease his way as he passes.’

‘Now the city’s mayor has made it official. Bowser has declared December 24 – formerly the day of a notable Christian holiday, as Dr. Anthony S Fauci Day. In the streets, Dr. Tony’s – pardon me – Saint Tony’s many accolades greeted the news with joy and exultation,' he said. 

Carlson then played a montage of undated footage, showing people chanting ‘USA!’ in the streets and fireworks being set off in the night sky.

‘We should tell you by the way that per St. Tony’s commandments, each of the people in that video went back to their apartments alone and spent the nights watching Netflix and eating ice cream with their cats in solitude – because theirs is a monkish religion.’

Similar disdain for Bowser’s declaration was shared by users of social media.

One commentator called the idea of Dr. Fauci Day ‘Further proof of left wing insanity...’

Others criticized Bowser for encroaching on a religious holiday, writing that when Fauci ‘turns water into wine, feeds the multitudes from a few loaves, heals the sick, walks on water or rises from the dead then we can talk about a Fauci day.

‘[But] until then we have a Savior and it isn't Anthony,’ the user continued.

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Another added: ‘The Senator of Washington just named tomorrow Dr. Fauci Day is she mental ?? Tomorrow is and always will be Christmas Eve sorry lady.’

One user, by the name of MazyTart, calling the proclamation ‘sick’, insisting that Fauci Day should instead be moved to April 1, a date otherwise known as April Fool’s Day.

Others waded in in their hundreds to call the gesture ‘disgusting’ and ‘vile’.

‘The fact that he accepted this is all you need to know... Any less egotistical person would have turned this down,’ one tweeter wrote of Fauci.

Dr. Fauci Day is not the first honor bestowed on the infectious disease expert in the nation’s capital. Over the summer, he was given the privilege of throwing the first pitch before the Nationals-Yankees game on Opening Day.

Fauci was personally invited by the team in recognition of his efforts in combating the pandemic, which significantly shortened the baseball season and threatened to cancel it all together.

After throwing the ceremonial pitch, he sat in the stands to watch the remainder of the game and partially removed his mask, for which he was slammed. 

'And there’s Dr. Anthony Fauci showing us all he knows exactly how well masks work!' tweeted former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson at the time. 'Thanks for the lesson, doc.'

Fauci has not yet publicly commented on Bowser’s proclamation, but he said he will be spending his birthday this year at home with his wife this Christmas Eve

Fauci has not yet publicly commented on Bowser’s proclamation, but he said he will be spending his birthday this year at home with his wife this Christmas Eve

In a Washington Post report published Wednesday, Fauci claims to have worked every single day since January, often late into the night.

His typical working day reportedly lasts 18 hours, consisting of constant TV appearances, meetings, calls with governors and answering emails, he says.

‘There is no option to get tired. There is no option to sit down and say “I’m sorry, I’ve had enough,”’ he said. ‘I’m gonna dig deep and just suck it up.’

Fauci has not yet publicly commented on Bowser’s proclamation, but he said he will be spending his birthday this year at home with his wife this Christmas Eve.

He said the pandemic has compromised his five-decade long Christmas Eve tradition of eating a traditional Italian meal at the home of his sister in Alexandria, Virginia.

Fauci has encourage all Americans to refrain from traveling this holiday season, and celebrate the festive period with those inside their immediate households.  

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