This was a good segment.
Krystal Ball made some good points. Fauci knows his audience and political base who are #Resistance shitlibs, which is why he spoke to Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow, whose idea of “science” hasn’t changed at all since the days when they were Bible thumping Calvinists. “Science” for these people is a social identity marker. It is also revelation from a supreme authority.
The same is true of wearing a mask which is why college-educated progressives continue to go around wearing them outdoors in summer weather long after they have been vaccinated. The important thing is signaling to other people which tribe you identify with like wearing a cross or a baseball cap. These people aren’t actually trying to protect themselves and others. They are expressing their values.
Of course, the same is true of conservatives and libertarians who instinctively distrust authority and who dislike being told what to do especially by progressive control freaks. Not wearing the mask was equally a culture war tribal identity marker. They hit upon the idea early on last January and February that the virus might have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, but they quickly moved on from there to believing the whole thing was a HOAX or that COVID was “just the flu.” The lab leak hypothesis got larded down in so many other conspiracy theories that it was discounted and discredited by association.
A year ago, I recall a lot of people predicting that COVID was nothing compared to swine flu or the seasonal flu. Millions of people were going to starve to death because of the lockdowns. The economy was going to collapse like the Great Depression. The government was also going to go door to door, drag people out of their homes and inject them with the vaccine. TruNews had a bunch of episodes like this. There was recently an outbreak there and Pastor Rick Wiles got COVID and was hospitalized.
The truth is gradually coming into view: COVID is a disease that stems from a real virus, which is highly infectious and moderately lethal and thus capable of creating a pandemic, which likely escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology due either to 1.) an infected lab worker who had direct contact with a horseshoe bat or 2.) was somehow infected while experimenting on humanized mice. Another possibility which cannot be ruled out is that it is a chimeric virus that was created in a lab elsewhere and was released in China to create chaos and topple the government. We can’t discount the possibility that the CIA is behind this in light of their recent destabilization ops against Iran and Venezuela.
Note: It seems much more likely though that this was a Chinese screw up. You could even say that the “smoking bat” is the video below. No one else in the world had collected anywhere from 2,000 to 15,000 samples of bat viruses. China was collecting and storing these viruses in Wuhan. It is not “anti-Chinese” to suspect this is what happened. See Three Mile Island or Chernobyl or Fukushima for nuclear accidents that have happened in other countries.