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Trump made another baseless political claim about Fauci

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump baselessly claimed on Thursday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House's Coronavirus Task Force, was a Democrat when in fact he is not registered with any political party.

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump baselessly claimed on Thursday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House's Coronavirus Task Force, was a Democrat when in fact he is not registered with any political party.

Trump made his claims at a North Carolina rally, once again questioning whether masks were an effective means to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and inaccurately painting Fauci as a Democrat who encouraged people to "not wear a mask under any circumstance. "

But Fauci was among federal public health officials appointed to the White House Coronavirus Task Force advising against non-health workers from wearing a mask early on in the pandemic, saying there was little evidence masks protect the wearers -- something that is still true.

Federal public health officials, including Fauci, have now said for several months that the science on wearing facial coverings has evolved since the early days of the pandemic.

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