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Jake Tapper, a host at former news network and bastion of anti-Trump fetishism CNN, came out looking like a first-class American jackass following a Sunday interview with White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci was asked by Tapper if lives could have been saved had social distancing been imposed during the third week of February instead of mid-March.

In response, Fauci replied, “It’s very difficult to go back and say that. I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives. Obviously, no one is going to deny that.”

He continued: “What goes into those kinds of decisions is – is complicated. But you’re right. I mean, obviously, if we had, right from the very beginning, shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.”

Conveniently absent from Tapper’s interview was the acknowledgment that Fauci had previously praised the President’s decision to implement travel restrictions abroad in Europe and in China, telling reporters last month the move “absolutely has” mitigated cases in the US.

Also absent were questions from Tapper regarding the NUMEROUS times that Fauci downplayed the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, going as far as telling CNBC in early February that the disease was not as deadly as SARS.

And there was also that time on February 29th – just days prior to the entire country shutting down – when Fauci said during an appearance on “Today” that there was no need for Americans to change their behavior because of the Coronavirus.

Taking the podium at the White House briefing Monday, Fauci told reporters he had used a poor choice of words in his Sunday interview with CNN’s Jake Crapper (Pardon me. Typo).

“Hypothetical questions sometimes can get you into some difficulty,” said Fauci.

WIBC’s Hammer and Nigel broke down the REAL history of the White House’s response to COVID-19 and Dr. Fauci’s comments in the clip below.A

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