Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke out on Monday to blast Dr. Anthony Fauci once again, this time saying that the White House chief medical advisor is acting like a “petty tyrant” for not endorsing indoor dining, even for people who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Fauci continues to ignore 100 years of vaccine science. His only real theme is ‘do what I say’ even when it makes no sense,” Paul said. “If you’ve recovered or been vaccinated — go about your life. Eat, drink, work, open the schools. Enough with the petty tyrants!”

Paul posted this on Twitter alongside a clip of an appearance Fauci made on MSNBC. During this interview, Fauci I ssued a warning to Americans who seek to participate in indoor dining.

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“Drinking indoors, restaurants, and bars. Is that OK now?” host Mehdi Hasan asked Fauci.

“No, it’s still not ok for the simple reason that level of infection, the dynamics of infection in the community are still really disturbingly high,” Fauci replied. “If you’re not vaccinated, please get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available to you. And if you are vaccinated, please remember that you still have to be careful and not get involved in crowded situations particularly indoors where people are not wearing masks.”

“And for the time being, until we show definitively that a person who’s vaccinated does not get this subclinical infection and can spread to others, you should also continue to wear a mask,” Fauci added.

Fauci made similar comments during an appearance on CNN in which host Wolf Blitzer asked him, “What about indoor dining? Should I feel — I’m fully vaccinated, obviously, should I feel safe having dinner at an indoor restaurant?”

“You know, Wolf, I think what you need to do is you need to look at the level of infection in the community,” Fauci said in response. “It isn’t like before when you were not vaccinated and you had a lot of activity in the community and you went into an indoor restaurant where there was not [a] restriction on the number of people in a restaurant. Your risk would be up there. Whereas, now, the risk is not zero, but it’s extremely low.”

“And what it’s going to be, Wolf, is that people are going to have to make a determination of what level of risk are they willing to take,” he continued. “And the one thing that we really do need to discuss and people need to understand that, that there are not absolutes here. If someone is not particularly risk-averse, gets vaccinated, and says, you know, I really do want to go to a restaurant and sit down and relax, and I know the risk is very low, but I’m willing to take that chance.”

“If someone is very risk-averse, they’ll say, no, no I want to wait until the level of infection is way, way, way, way down in the community,” Fauci concluded. “Whereas, others might be a little bit different. But the point that can’t be lost in the discussion is that being vaccinated, fully vaccinated, you diminish, dramatically, the risk, and then it depends on your own personal decision.”

This piece was written by James Samson on April 13, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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