Dr. Anthony Fauci horribly mocked restaurant patrons “in the back” who took off their coronavirus masks when seated — and laughed at the absurdity of his own idea for COVID-19 goggles, according to a new book.
The inside account is included by former White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern in “Vignettes & Vino” — released Oct. 25 — who calls Fauci “terrible” and “egomaniacal.”
“[I]in January 2020, [Fauci] said the virus is nothing to worry about for the american people. Then, in the months that followed, he said that people should not wear masks and that they were ineffective. By June or July, he changed his tune and said that everyone should be very concerned and should wear more masks — and goggles,” Morgenstern wrote.
“I vividly remember my blood boiling during an infuriating meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House when Fauci laughed off his comment about the glasses, clearly showing how cynical he was and that he could make people believe anything,” the former adviser. continued.
“He went on to laugh about how ‘backwards’ it was that people walked into a restaurant wearing a mask and then sat down and chatted with people without a mask. Of course he didn’t say things like that in public, he just laughed in private at the American rubles he was duping.”
The practice of wearing masks in businesses, but not while eating or drinking, was mandated by local orders in the US in mid-2020. Indoor tables were generally spaced to allow for social distancing between parties.
During the meeting in the Roosevelt Room, Fauci urged restaurant patrons to wear masks while seated — recommending masking while waiting for your waiter in a Comedy Central interview — but his colorful derision of people who followed the rules masks, but without enough zeal is new.
Although he may have laughed about his own remark about the goggles, Fauci gave a more serious impression when he made the recommendation to ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton.
“If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it,” Fauci told Ashton in July 2020.
Asked if eye protection would be officially recommended, Fauci said: “It might, if you really want perfect protection of mucosal surfaces.”
Fauci, 81, will retire in December after 38 years as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. His office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
Although he is widely respected among Democrats as a public health icon, Fauci is widely distrusted by Republicans and allies of former President Donald Trump.
Fauci faced accusations of hypocrisy in July 2020 when he sat maskless between a friend and his wife at Nationals Park after throwing an opening pitch — arguably in violation of DC’s outdoor mask mandate.
And in a series of Senate hearings, he sparred with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over U.S. funding for “gaining office” research at the laboratory in Wuhan, China, where the U.S. intelligence community says it is the coronavirus pandemic may have started. .
Morgenstern co-authored the forthcoming book with his wife Teresa Morgenstern, a press officer for Operation Warp Speed, which spearheaded the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines.
The book combines Trump-era anecdotes with food and drink recipes. The Fauci chapter is associated with “Opening Burgers” recipes paired with beer.