WATCH: Fauci tells Maddow attacks on him are “really very much an attack on science”

Appearing on MSNBC amid controversy after his released emails, Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked by Rachel Maddow “Am I building you up to be thicker-skinned about this than you are? Are you actually worried about this new sort of re-upping of attacks on you?”

“Well, I’m concerned about that, more because it’s really very much an attack on science, I think, Rachel.” Fauci responded.

Fauci then said AIDS activists he worked with in the past “were fundamentally good people. They were not anti-science. What is — the thread going through what’s happening now is very much an anti-science approach. So, that’s a big, big difference. I mean, it is what it is. I’m a public figure. I’m going to take the arrows and the slings. But they’re just — they’re fabricated, and that’s just what it is.”