An internal communications staffer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ― the federal agency headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci ― said he will retire after a news report outed him as a right-wing blogger who alleged the coronavirus crisis is a “massive fraud.”
Bill Crews has announced “his intention to retire,” NIAID spokesperson Kathy Stover told HuffPost in an email Tuesday. News of the decision followed a Daily Beast report published Monday that unmasked him as “streiff,” the pseudonym he uses on Twitter and conservative blog RedState, which he was secretly managing.
In his tweets and RedState blog posts, Crews regularly bashes Fauci, the top infectious disease expert on the White House coronavirus task force, and the government’s response to a pandemic he characterized as a “scare.”
In several writings, Crews called Fauci “attention-grubbing and media-whoring,” and a “mask nazi” for urging Americans to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the virus. He’s called mask-wearing, a practice considered by public health experts to be essential during the pandemic, “a pseudo-religious cult.”
In a June post for RedState, Crews suggested government officials responsible for the country’s coronavirus response should be executed.
“I think we’re at the point where it is safe to say that the entire Wuhan virus scare was nothing more or less than a massive fraud perpetrated upon the American people by ‘experts’ who were determined to fundamentally change the way the country lives and is organized and governed,” Crews wrote.
“If there were justice,” he added, “we’d send [a] few dozen of these fascists to the gallows and gibbet their tarred bodies in chains until they fall apart.”
NIAID’s Stover confirmed Daily Beast’s reporting is “accurate,” except for identifying Crews as a press officer for the institute. Crews, in fact, worked for the internal communications department, she said.
“Beyond that, I can’t offer any other details as it is now a personnel matter,” Stover added.
Crews has worked for NIAID since 2007. According to his RedState profile, he has been involved with the site since 2004.
There have been more than 6.8 million confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. and nearly 200,000 deaths nationwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Globally, at least 965,000 coronavirus-linked deaths have been reported.
Read The Daily Beast’s full report here.
- Get the latest coronavirus updates here.
- What will life be like once a coronavirus vaccine arrives?
- Everything you need to know about face masks right now.
- What should you still be disinfecting to prevent COVID-19?
- Is it possible you had coronavirus earlier this year?
- Constantly arguing with your partner about coronavirus risks? You are not alone.
Everyone deserves accurate information about COVID-19. Support journalism without a paywall — and keep it free for everyone — by becoming a HuffPost member today.
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more informationTrack ballot status
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place