I'm not a fan of symbolic gestures where somebody else loses their job to make you feel good about them, especially when you’re both strangers to each other. And while neither Fauci nor Birx could have done anything to stop Trump (how would history change if Birx had walked out when Trump started talking about bleach?), is the country better off with them in place now, and with the continuity they provide?
Given the rationales defenders of Birx and Fauci offered for their public statements being that they thought it was better for them to stay inside the government, it would be good for an interviewer to ask them what are concrete examples where their staying made a difference.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2021
No, to the first two questions, but just as reasonably: who could? Jared? Ivanka? Even if they tried? But are we better off now with Fauci and Birx there, and Jared and Ivanka and Donald gone? Who has the institutional knowledge Fauci has? And are we better off with that, now? Or should Fauci have made the symbolic gesture and resigned? If he had, would we be happy now? Or would we ask him why he left?
Did they prevent him from pushing chloroquines? Did they get him favor mask-wearing publicly? One real argument could be that folks like Scott Atlas didn’t then take over. But even then, there were other health officials involved.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2021