Speaking after midnight following a full day of campaigning, the President was complaining about the news media coverage of Covid-19 when the crowd broke out into a “Fire Fauci” chant.
“Don’t tell anybody but let me wait until a little bit after the election,” Trump said to cheers. “I appreciate the advice.”
Later, Trump claimed Fauci is “a nice guy but he’s been wrong a lot.”
Most of the crowd in Florida was not wearing masks; Trump has proceeded with rallies in states with rampant coronavirus outbreaks, believing his message of reopening will resonate with voters.
While Trump and Fauci put forward a show of cooperation earlier in the pandemic, their relationship has deteriorated significantly. Fauci has said he no longer briefs the President and has been replaced by Atlas.