(Liberty Bell) – While Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to encourage lockdowns and warn against the opening of bars and restaurants, despite there being no evidence that bars and restaurants being open drive any outbreaks at all, his family in Staten Island are calling for an end to the madness.
Before you get too excited, we should tell you, the Staten Island Faucis have never actually met Dr. Fauci but they are, nonetheless related and we think what they have to say matters especially because they are restaurant owners.
“They shouldn’t do the lockdowns. Especially now. If you don’t abide by the rules … shut that area down, but don’t shut down the whole industry,” said the 84-year-old founder of the iconic La Fontana in Oakwood, the other Anthony Fauci.
Fauci’s son Joe Fauci, 57, now runs the restaurant and also shares his father’s concerns.
“In the beginning, I thought he was fabulous, but then a few times he flip-flopped on different things. He had us all locked down at a tremendous rate,” Joe told The New York Post. “They should have loosened things up when it was slowing down in the summer. Everything else was loosening up except the restaurant business.”
The 79-year-old Dr. Fauci has expressed his possible support for a nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the virus which is deadly mostly for those who have weakened immune systems and the elderly, like most viruses. Then Dr. Fauci said that a national lockdown wouldn’t be necessary but that we can’t go back to normal. When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced he was going to fully reopen bars and restaurants in September, Dr. Fauci called that decision “very concerning.”
Even though Dr. Fauci has made a national name for himself, the Staten Island Faucis have found success of their own. In 1983, the family opened La Fontana and it quickly became a neighborhood staple and “GOP gathering place.” Former Staten Island Congressman and GOP kingmaker Guy Molinari was a regular at La Fontana before he died in 2018. Other GOP members like Molinari’s daughter, former Rep. Susan Molinari, and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliatakis have also frequented the restaurant.
“La Fontana and the Fauci family have become part of many peoples’ lives,” wrote Vito Fossella, another former Staten Island congressman, in a tribute.
According to The Post, business for La Fontana had been booming before the pandemic hit. In 2017 they even opened a second location in Annadale, La Fontana Sorellena. Since the pandemic, the restaurant has been forced to operate at 25% capacity like all other restaurants in the area but fortunately their “fiercely loyal customer base” has kept them going. Joe Fauci, however, warns that the worst for the restaurant industry is yet to come.
“Nobody is paying any expenses. But in a couple of months from now, you will see how bad it will be,” he warned. “When the smoke clears, a lot of these guys are going to be in a lot worse shape.”
Joe Fauci and La Fontana hosted a gathering of 40 restaurant owners and elected officials from the area to discuss possible plans to speed up reopening. Joe Fauci says he isn’t a fan of the way in which Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have handled the pandemic.
“The nursing home debacle destroyed us. I can’t understand why they can’t admit when they were wrong,” he said of Cuomo’s executive order forcing nursing homes to take in patients with COVID-19 resulting in the deaths of thousands of elderly patients.
He also highlighted the blatant double standards in allowing BLM protests but not other aspects of society to function.
“I don’t understand how De Blasio can let them riot and protest, 5,000 people with no masks on, but we can’t go to church with 10 people,” he said.
Anthony Fauci agreed. “I don’t want to tell you what I think about [de Blasio]. You won’t be able to print it. Him and that other jabroni, Cuomo.”
Americans are tired of lockdowns and as you can see, they’re doing more damage than the actual virus would.
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