Megyn Kelly unloaded on Dr. Anthony Fauci during her Wednesday podcast, using a four-letter expletive while demanding that he abide by a congressional subpoena from Republican lawmakers if the GOP takes control of the House of Representatives.
“F–k you, Dr. Fauci,” the former Fox News primetime star said during her most recent broadcast of “The Megyn Kelly Show.“
The Republican Party is expected to retake the majority in the House after midterm elections this coming fall.
GOP lawmakers have vowed that they will demand the 81-year-old Fauci, who plans to retire this coming December as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after nearly four decades, appear to testify over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During her opening monologue on Wednesday’s podcast, Kelly said Republicans should give Fauci “the Steve Bannon treatment” if the epidemiologist refuses to comply with a subpoena.
“He sounds like he’s been invited to afternoon tea at one of our houses,” Kelly said on her podcast.
“‘I will consider it. I’ll consider it,’” Kelly said, mockingly paraphrasing Fauci. She then continued: “‘Only if it’s oversight because what I experienced was personal attacks.’”
Kelly then broke character and said: “F–k you, Dr. Fauci!”
“You don’t get to say whether you go,” she continued. “You get a congressional subpoena, you show up, or you get the Steve Bannon treatment.”
Bannon, a former White House aide to then-President Donald Trump, was convicted last month of two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to appear before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the US Capitol.
He faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 21.
Republicans have blasted Fauci and other public health officials for pandemic-era lockdown measures and other mitigation tactics that many believe were heavy-handed and excessive, including mandatory masking, vaccine mandates, and lengthy school closures.