No, there wasn't.
No one. Fraudci lied about those numbers.
Except he listened to Fraudci.
No, he didn't. He put that fool front and center with his sidekick Birx.
Except Fauci basically said in January that it was no big deal....and in March of 2020 was telling peeps to take a cruise.
Nope. Atlas didn't come along until right before the election. Stop trying to deflect from the fraud Fauci....
Here is a PDF of the playbook.
The pandemic was not such an obvious threat in January. If you think Fauci was wrong in downplaying the threat, Trump was the one leading the pack with that claim.
While Fauci might have made missteps, calling him a fraud is quite a leap. He is a distinguished scientist with a long record of accomplishments recorded in his publication record, and he is a highly respected scientific administrator.
I still fail to understand why Fauci is being targeted so intensely by the RW except that he is an accomplished and respected scientist and RWers see that as "elitist".
The best explanation for me is that the RW now work hard to convert the strengths of their political and ideological opponents into weaknesses. They successfully swiftboated Kerry, and they did the same for Max Cleland, a disabled and highly decorated vet running for Senate reelection, who was smeared as unpatriotic! Obama's sterling academic record at Harvard was challenged with falsehoods.