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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Presses VP Pence To Urge Campaigns To Keep Misrepresentations Of COVID Task Force Experts & Public Health Officials Out Of Ads

October 16, 2020
Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence as Chair of the White House Coronavirus Task Force to urge him to safeguard the credibility of the Task Force by requesting that political campaigns refrain from using statements from Task Force experts and other public health officials in advertisements that take their statements out of context or otherwise contribute to the spread of misinformation.

Congressman Krishnamoorthi’s letter follows an October advertisement from the Trump campaign that included a clip of Dr. Anthony Fauci saying, “I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more,” presenting the statement as if he was referring to President Trump when, according to Dr. Fauci, he was referring to “the efforts of federal public health officials.” In response to the political advertisement, Dr. Fauci stated, “In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate.” Congressman Krishnamoorthi has objected to the Trump campaign’s use of Dr. Fauci in their political advertisement as it misconstrued his comments and dangerously politicized an unbiased civil servant.

“Dr. Fauci has expressed his desire to remain an apolitical source of credible, unbiased information for the American people,” Congressman Krishnamoorthi said. “The misleading use of Dr. Fauci in political advertisements is counterproductive to the crucial goal of mitigating the current crisis by providing the public with the most reliable available information.”

In Congressman Krishnamoorthi’s letter to Vice President Pence, he asks that VP Pence actively separate the members of his Task Force from political campaigns in order to ensure the integrity and scientific credibility of the Task Force.

A copy of the letter is available here.