The highly dubious Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor of the Biden administration, has demonstrated a fresh new batch of double standards by scolding publicly the attendees of the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, as a potential COVID-19 superspreader event, while ignoring completely the hazards associated with the crowded 60th birthday party of former Democrat President Barack Obama.
Lambasting bikers but not Obama
Speaking on Sunday, the third day of the ten-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Fauci, who has been the irreplaceable head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), duplicitously declared his concern about the likely superspreader nature of the event.
Fauci told NBC’s Meet the Press he is “very concerned” by the potential of seeing another COVID-19 surge because of the Sturgis rally.
The long-time bureaucrat claimed that he understood the people who wish to attend the major bikers rally in Sturgis – however, he insisted that the public health crisis “supersedes” what he styled to be a desire to “do exactly what you want.”
Fauci’s duplicity was quickly exposed and lambasted by critics on Twitter as he never even mentioned the lavish, crowded 60th birthday party of former Democrat President Barack Obama, which took place on Saturday night on Martha’s Vineyard Island, off the coast of Massachusetts, in his $12 million mansion.
Obama at first planned to have at least 500 people over for his bash, then said the party would be “scaled back” as a result of criticism over the pandemic situation – except leaked photos and videos from his event showed a large crowd, not to mention that Obama could be seen going wild on the dance flood but maskless.
Biggest motorcycle event in the world
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in fact the single biggest motorcycle event in the world, as it is expected to bring together no fewer than 700,000 people in its 10 days.
The town of Sturgis itself has a population of about 7,000 people.
In South Dakota’s Meade County which includes Sturgis, about 46% of the adults have been fully vaccinated, against a nationwide average of 60.6%.
Last year, the Sturgis rally had substantially fewer attendees but subsequently, researchers linked it to a total of 266,000 coronavirus cases and one coronavirus death.
While South Dakota has also seen growth in the number of COVID-19 cases recently, the state still has the lowest number of new virus infections per capita compared with the other 49 states.
An analysis of anonymous cell phone data from last year found that more than half of the countries in America were visited by at least one person who had attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
At the same time, however, the rally has the advantage of being an open-air event in a large area.
Thus, in order to reduce the risk of infections, this year the city officials agreed that the rally-goers should be allowed to drink on public property, thus spreading the crowds wider into the open air.