WATCH: Fauci Flabbergasted When Told Americans May Not Be Taking Vaccine Because Of Him — ‘People Won’t Listen To You’

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At last, Dr. Anthony Fauci faced a tough grilling during an interview.

Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s show, Fauci was aghast to learn Americans do not trust him given his history of hypocrisy, flip-flops, and failed predictions.

“Are you kidding me, Hugh?” Fauci said at one point.

“I’m trying to explain to you the truth,” Hewitt fired back.

Fauci’s hypocrisy and flip-flops have widely destroyed his value as a public-health official.

Hewitt asked why he hasn’t resigned since critics view him as a deterrent in the ongoing effort to vaccinate more Americans.

Hewitt told Fauci directly, “I have lost confidence in the CDC and the FDA and I actually believe a lot of Americans, a significant part of America now have lost confidence in you, Dr. Fauci.”

He asked, “Is there a point where you will say, ‘I do more harm than good because people don’t listen to me anymore,’ and step aside?”

“No. Absolutely, unequivocally no, Hugh. Sorry,” Fauci reacted.

To explain his hypocrisy and flip-flops, Fauci said, “When you have an evolving situation and data are rapidly evolving in something that is unprecedented and unknown, you have to evolve with it and look at the data as it exists now and make to the best of your ability a decision, a recommendation, all the kinds of things that go into the evolution.”

“It’s just a fact that Tony Fauci, not the guy I’m talking with but Tony Fauci- the person in people’s minds, is now an impediment to public health because people won’t listen to you,” Hewitt said.

“They actively reject what Tony Fauci says for reasons which are complicated… but can you accept that if that’s just the fact, you ought to respond to it and say ‘Mr. President, I think my time is up as a successful and effective spokesperson?’”

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Fauci responded, “You know, with all due respect… I just completely disagree with that premise because there are an awful lot of people who do listen, who do the right thing from a public health standpoint.”

“So because there are a lot of people who have ideas of conspiracies and changing minds and flip-flopping, that’s not a reason to step down. Not at all,” Fauci added.

Watch the fiery exchange:

“So the idea that people right now are not listening to what I’m saying, what I’m saying is the truth,” Fauci said.

“I actually agree,” Hewitt interjected. “I got the booster, I’m Mr. Vaccine, I get the same kind of heat that you do, and what I’m saying though is there comes a point where it is simply a matter of fact that Tony Fauci in the era of social media is different than Tony Fauci of the beginning of HIV.”

“And if a new face for the program developed, we would see an increase in vaccines and an increase in booster use. So if that data is presented to you that more people would get vaccinated if you left the scene, would you leave the scene?” Hewitt said.

Fauci rejected Hewitt’s “completely false narrative” that people aren’t getting vaccinated because of him.

“I got vaccinated because of you, but there is a large segment of the American people that doesn’t trust you now and that can’t be undone. So I want you to be able to speak to them. I know your heart, I know your public service, but if you’re an obstacle to getting vaccination rates up, should you step aside?” Hewitt insisted.

“So people are saying, ‘I’m not getting the vaccine because Dr. Fauci is in the government.’ Are you kidding me?” Fauci mocked.

“No actually, I believe that’s the truth, doctor,” Hewitt said.

“You’re not hearing me, doctor. You’re not hearing me,” Hewitt continued. “I’m saying people see you coming on and they turn off the channel because they don’t like you whereas if a new face arrives, a new younger face… if a new person shows up, I think we’re more effective.”