Hannity rips 'idiot' Dr Fauci & says he should 'realized' plausibility of Wuhan lab leak after thousands of emails drop

SEAN Hannity has slammed "idiot" Anthony Fauci over his handling of the Wuhan lab leak theory after thousands of pages of his emails were released.

The Fox News host opened Friday's edition of "Hannity" by blasting Dr Fauci for being "more interested in being popular" in the media than he was in the science at the start of the pandemic.

The nation's leading infectious disease expert has come under fire after his newly publicly-released emails revealed his handling of the early stages of the Covid outbreak.

The emails show the National Institutes of Health (NIH) did fund the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China – but now he's under pressure for misrepresenting the number of funds.

During a Senate hearing, Fauci asserted the United States had only given the lab $600,000 of taxpayers' money – a number now known to be a conservative estimate of the actual amount.

Fauci's released emails show the US sent $826,000 to the Wuhan lab – more than $200,000 more than what Fauci had claimed on the Senate floor.

"The story of the week, the deception of Dr Fauci," Hannity said.

"Instead of following the science, instead of listening to experts, emails now reveal that Dr Fauci was more interested in being popular among his liberal friends in the media.

"From the very outset, on everything: masks, lockdowns, schools, projection models, Fauci's guidance appeared to follow Democratic talking points and not science and not data."

He continued: "We now know that the United States, through Dr Fauci's NIH, sent large sums of your money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and they did it for years.

"That is the Chinese lab where Covid-19 likely originated.

"The lab was apparently conducting highly dangerous gain-of-function research on coronaviruses, making them more deadly and potent.

"But Dr Fauci doesn't see why it's such a big deal that the NIH sent your money to this lab, telling the Financial Times: 'Are you really saying that we are implicated because we gave a multibillion-dollar institution $120,000 a year for bat surveillance?'

"The answer, Dr Fauci, is yes. And it’s more than $120,000."

It comes after Tucker Carlson claimed Fauci and the US government helped to cover up the origins of Covid.

On Thursday, Carlson touted the theory that coronavirus came from a lab leak in Wuhan and claimed US government knew about it all along.

"The whole thing was a fraud, and yet it worked," the Fox News host said on Tucker Carlson Tonight as he accused Fauci and other US officials of hiding the origins of the deadly virus.

"These are Americans working to hide the truth of the origin of Covid-19 from a country that’s been destroyed by [it]," Carlson raged.

"You can’t prevent outbreaks unless you know where they came from, and yet federal bureaucrats prevented us from learning where this one came from."

"The lab leak theory, it turns out, was never crazy," Carlson said. "It was always likely true. So why did they lie to us about it for so long?"

Carlson said anyone who believed Covid escaped from a Wuhan lab early on in the pandemic was ostracized and met with "smirking about anti-Asian racism and conspiracy theories".

And State Department officials were warned not to look into the Covid lab leak theory because it would "open a can of worms" for the US, according to a new report.

Leaders were told that looking into the origin theory would bring too much attention to the US funding of gain of function research in China.

But the lab leak theory has been gaining more momentum after it was revealed that three staffers at the Wuhan lab became ill in November 2019 – and President Joe Biden announced a new probe into the lab.

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