Dr. Anthony Fauci responded to the “crazy” threats levied against him over the weekend by Fox News’ Jesse Watters, saying that he “should be fired on the spot.”

Watters told the conservative youth group Turning Point USA to “ambush” Fauci in the streets and to record a rhetorical “kill shot.” He also linked the infectious disease specialist to wild conspiracy theories.

“Now you’re going for the kill shot,” Watters told the crowd. “The kill shot with an ambush [is] deadly because he doesn’t see it coming.

“This is when you say: ‘Dr. Fauci, you funded risky research at a sloppy Chinese lab. The same lab that sprung this pandemic on the world. You know why people don’t trust you, don’t you?’ Boom, he is dead! He is dead! He’s done!”

Fauci responded on CNN’s New Day.

“That’s horrible. I mean, that is such a reflection of the craziness that goes on in society,” said Fauci. “The only thing that I have ever done throughout these two years is to encourage people to practice good public health practices, to get vaccinated, to be careful in public settings, to wear a mask, and for that you have some guy out there saying that people should be giving me a kill shot, to ambush me?

“I mean, what kind of craziness is there in society these days? That’s awful that he said that. And he’s going to go, very likely, unaccountable. I mean, whatever network he’s on is not going to do anything. … I mean, that’s crazy. The guy should be fired on the spot.”

A Fox News rep defended Watters’ verbiage.

“Based on watching the full clip,” Fox News said in a statement, “and reading the entire transcript, it’s more than clear that Jesse Watters was using a metaphor for asking hard-hitting questions to Dr. Fauci about gain-of-function research and his words have been twisted completely out of context.”

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