Fact Check: Was Anthony Fauci Arrested by U.S. Special Forces?

A viral article from Real Raw News, which describes itself as exploring “content often avoided by the mainstream media,” claims that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was arrested by special forces on Saturday afternoon. 

According to the article: “Special Forces in civilian vehicles discretely tailed Fauci’s car to an underground parking garage near the hotel and made their move. They boxed him in, drew weapons, and ordered Fauci’s guards to toss their firearms out the window. 

“Fauci’s security complied, and Special Forces dragged Fauci from the vehicle, subdued him, and carted him off for processing.”

These are false claims. 

Fauci appeared in an ABC News interview with Jonathan Karl on April 10, a day after the alleged arrest. During that interview Fauci discussed the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and how to assess “personal risk.”

Furthermore, Real Raw News has a disclaimer on its website, which says that: “Information on this website is for informational and educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice on [sic] legal counsel.”

As we have previously reported, Real Raw News has a history of promoting completely baseless stories of arrests and executions. We have previously fact checked the false claim from Real Raw News that Navy SEALs pledged loyalty to Donald Trump and arrested Hillary Clinton on March 4, 2021. We also examined the viral and false story that a Navy pilot’s landing mishap was due to a COVID-19 vaccine reaction. 

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