Fauci tells UM grads to believe in science, reject ‘normalization of untruths’

Ann Arbor — Dr. Anthony Fauci on Saturday encouraged University of Michigan graduates who weren’t allowed to walk across the stage two years ago due to COVID-19 to dream big, be future leaders, believe in facts and science and “do not accept the normalization of untruths.”

The nation’s top infectious disease doctor and expert in his nearly 15-minute commencement speech in Michigan Stadium also lauded 2020 and some of the 2021 Michigan graduates on Saturday for coping with college amid the coronavirus pandemic and making it back to graduate.

Fauci, in a clear jab at his battles with politicians in Washington over the pandemic and distortions about his leadership and ways to protect the public, made mention of the nation’s divisions that are stoked by those who aren’t on the side of truth.

“Being in Washington has allowed me to experience first hand the intensity of the divisiveness in our nation,” he said. “What troubles me is that differences of opinion or ideology have in certain circumstances been reflected by egregious distortions of reality.”

Sadly, he complained, “elements of our society have grown increasingly unfazed by a cacophony of falsehoods and lies that often stand largely unchallenged, ominously leading to an insidious acceptance of what I call the normalization of untruths.”

Fauci called out “so-called news organizations” and “certain elected officials in positions of power,” which drew applause from the graduates.

University of Michigan graduates enter Michigan Stadium for the ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

“If you remember nothing else from what I say today, I truly appeal to you, please remember this: It is our collective responsibility not to sink to a tacit acceptance of a normalization of untruths because if we do, we bring danger to ourselves, our families and our communities,” he said.

He also made mention at the so-called “Comeback Commencement” of why they were there in the first place two years later because of the deadly pandemic.

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