Dr. Anthony Fauci just made a second term of former President Donald Trump sound more appealing.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that if Trump wins the 2024 presidential election, he won’t stay in his current position.

"If you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think, you know, at best, you can say it wasn’t optimal. And I think, just history will speak for itself about that," Fauci told CNN on Sunday.

For Fauci, however, it shouldn’t be a choice. Whoever the next Republican president of the United States ends up being, that person should not allow Fauci to work for their administration.

Not only would “Fire Fauci” be a great secondary slogan for a campaign, but Fauci doesn’t deserve his current job. Fauci has repeatedly lied to and misled the public during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci lied to the country about masks. He told them they should not wear face masks in March 2020. Then, in June 2020, Fauci complained that people didn’t trust what the government was telling them about the virus — because it’s logically consistent for government officials to tell people not to wear masks and then for other government officials to mandate wearing masks.

Not only did Fauci lie about masks, he lied to America about coronavirus vaccines, telling TikTokers on a Zoom call that they wouldn’t catch the virus if they were vaccinated against it.

Not to mention Fauci lied when he denied that the National Institutes of Health funded gain-of-function research on bat-borne coronaviruses in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. We don’t know if that caused this coronavirus pandemic, but it’s discrediting nonetheless.

If you want to make the population skeptical of precautionary measures, then Fauci is doing a fantastic job. Fauci has given people plenty of reasons to dislike and distrust him. Someone else deserves a chase to fill his role in the next administration.

Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports) is a political reporter for the New Boston Post in Massachusetts.