Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer proudly displays Dr Fauci pillow during Zoom interview


Bedfellows! Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer proudly displays Dr Fauci pillow during Zoom interview slamming GOP election reform

  • Video of Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer shows pillow of Dr Anthony Fauci 
  • The 49-year-old Democrat was being interviewed on election reform by The Hill
  • The pillow of the US’ top infectious diseases expert featured prominently 
  • Dr Fauci went viral in 2020 over his calm handling of the pandemic
  • He was seen in March last year ‘smirking’ behind President Trump 
  • Zoom backgrounds of politicians and celebrities have been scrutinized a lot 

A Zoom interview by Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer on election reform was over-shadowed when eagle-eyed viewers spotted a pillow featuring Dr Anthony Fauci in the background. 

The 49-year-old Democrat was lashing out at Republicans during an interview with The Hill when the cushion of the leader of the coronavirus task-force was spotted. 

Dr Fauci, 80, became a world-famous face last year following his calm handling of the outbreak of the pandemic.  

Similar pillows can be bought online for around $32. 

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, pictured in an interview on The Hill, was discussing election reform with a pillow of Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the US’s coronavirus task-force, in the background

The pillow featured the 80-year-old who has shot to fame during the pandemic as a result of his calm briefings. Similar pillows are available for around $32

The pillow featured the 80-year-old who has shot to fame during the pandemic as a result of his calm briefings. Similar pillows are available for around $32

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, pictured in March this year giving a speech on the state roll-out of vaccines

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, pictured in March this year giving a speech on the state roll-out of vaccines

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pictured in December last year after getting his first dose of the new Moderna vaccine

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pictured in December last year after getting his first dose of the new Moderna vaccine

The Zoom backgrounds of politicians and celebrities have been highly scrutinized during the pandemic as in-person interviews came to a halt and viewers began to see inside their real homes.  

Whitmer was discussing attempts by the GOP to push through election reform  legislation, including 39 GOP-led bills in the Michigan Legislature that would require new forms of ID, ban prepaid absentee envelopes and cut the number of absentee dropboxes.

‘We just came through a historic, free, fair, full election. There was not fraud the way that this big lie perpetuated and fed into people’s anxieties and inspired the unthinkable on January 6,’ Whitmer said.

She added: ‘But, the fact of the matter is this a solution in search of a problem and it is unacceptable and so, if and when those bills get to my desk and they’re aiming to make it harder for people to vote, they will get vetoed.’   

Dr Fauci gained thousands of fans across the US and the world last year when he shot to fame as a result of his coronavirus briefings alongside President Trump.

In March last year he was famously spotted holding his head in his hands, behind President Trump, and even ended up being played by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt on Saturday Night Live. 

Dr Fauci, pictured in March 2020 famously holding his head in his hands during a White House pandemic briefing, shot to fame as the 'truth-teller'

Dr Fauci, pictured in March 2020 famously holding his head in his hands during a White House pandemic briefing, shot to fame as the ‘truth-teller’

Brad Pitt starred as a fact-checking Dr Fauci on Saturday Night Live's cold open in April 2020

Brad Pitt starred as a fact-checking Dr Fauci on Saturday Night Live’s cold open in April 2020

He was dubbed ‘the truth-teller’ for repeatedly contradicting and rebuking the former President’s claims about coronavirus.   

In March last year Trump told media that there had been positive results after doctors trialed chloroquine on COVID-19 patients, and suggested the drug could be a game-changer. 

‘It’s shown very, very encouraging early results. We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately. It’s been approved,’ Trump exclaimed. 

But Dr Fauci put a dampener on the President’s excitement just a few hours later, in an appearance on CNN, bluntly stating: ‘There’s no magic drug for coronavirus right now’. 

‘Let me put it into perspective for the viewers… there has been anecdotal non-proven data that it [chloroquine] works… but when you have an uncontrolled trial you can never definitely say that it works.’ 

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