Throughout a phase on “Fox and Associates,” Fox Information character Pete Hegseth criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s main skilled on Covid-19 for being “anti-fun” whereas attending a maskless breakfast for the Conservative Political Motion Convention (CPAC) in Florida.

“Since you don’t should [wear a mask], that’s certainly the case,” stated Hegseth in response to “Fox and Associates” co-host Steve Doocy’s statement that “you don’t should” put on masks or face coverings at a “Breakfast with Associates” occasion. “I like the concept. Let’s get somebody following anti-fun Fauci round and getting a second opinion at each second. I believe lots of people in right here would agree.”

You may hear Hegseth’s feedback within the clip beneath.

Hegseth has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.

 Final spring, hr told his viewers to “put freedom earlier than concern” and violate stay-at-home orders because the coronavirus pandemic tears its method by means of the nation.

Hegseth made the feedback whereas broadcasting from inside his residence. He urged “wholesome individuals” to “have some braveness” and go outdoors, making the case for “herd immunity,” which matches towards the recommendation of well being and science consultants.

“Pay attention, there’s lots of anxiousness, there’s lots of misinformation,” he stated. “The ‘consultants’ have been telling us a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals are going to die. Now that we’re studying extra, herd immunity is our pal. Wholesome individuals getting on the market — they’re going to have some braveness.”

Hegseth went on to reward the residents of Texas for “denying ridiculous orders.” His feedback come shortly after Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) admitted throughout a non-public name with lawmakers that reopening the economic system would unfold the coronavirus at the same time as he publicly introduced that he would finish an government stay-at-home order.