The celebrity campaign #PasstheMic is enlisting Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman, and other A-list Hollywood stars to hand over their social media accounts to the likes of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts to promote a “global response” to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
Who’s behind the push? The roster of donors and leaders reads like a who’s-who of left-wing globalists — U2 frontman Bono, George Soros, and Bill Gates. At the head of the organization is Gayle Smith, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama.
The guest line-up features another physician who has publicly denounced President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and handling of the coronavirus crisis, while praising the World Health Organization, which downplayed the gravity of the outbreak in its early weeks.
In a video interview with Julia Roberts on Thursday, Dr. Fauci urged people to pay more attention to how the coronavirus is impacting poorer countries. “We have, really, a moral responsibility for people throughout the world,” he said.
Fauci also warned Americans not to re-open the economy too quickly. “Now is not the time to tempt fate and pull back completely,” he said. “There is a golden mean there.”
Day 1 🎤 #PassTheMic – Dr Fauci, Director @NIAIDNews, tells Julia Roberts about the responsibility we ALL have for people throughout the world in the global fight against #COVID19. Demand Action now #PassTheMic #ONEWorld ὄ 📹 https://t.co/16AqIHFYIp pic.twitter.com/aHQwQEs0aS
— ONE (@ONECampaign) May 21, 2020
ONE Campaign was co-founded by Bono as an advocacy group to combat poverty and illness, especially in Africa. The group is closely aligned with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has donated millions of dollars and holds a seat on its board of directors.
The Gates Foundation — the wealthiest philanthropic group in the world — has come under fire for the way its leaders have slammed President Donald Trump while praising China. Bill Gates recently praised China’s handling of the outbreak, saying that “China did a lot of things right at the beginning.” His remarks were promoted on social media by Chinese state media.
Meanwhile, his wife, Melinda Gates, recently gave President Trump a “D-“ for his response to the outbreak, saying that “we need leadership.”
The Gates Foundation is also a major donor to the World Health Organization, the embattled United Nations agency whose botched handling of the Wuhan virus and close ties to China’s Communist regime have prompted President Trump to suspend funding.
ONE Campaign also receives money from the Open Society Policy Center, the Soros lobbying group that opposes the Trump agenda and promotes open borders and other left-wing political issues.
Gayle Smith, who currently serves as president and CEO of ONE Campaign, previously worked as a special assistant to President Obama, who later appointed her to head USAID.
“None of us are safe until all of us are safe,” Smith tweeted this week to promote #PasstheMic.
None of us are safe until all of us are safe.
— Gayle Smith (@GayleSmith) May 21, 2020
Smith has publicly criticized President Trump’s decision to suspend funding to the WHO. “A cut in funding would mean a reduction in funding possibly for the fight against polio where we’re near successful,” Smith said in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation.
Future guests in #PasstheMic include Dr. Tsion Firew, a New York-based emergency doctor. Firew has publicly denounced President Trump’s border wall while praising Obama. She has also denounced President Trump’s decision to suspend WHO funding.
“He doesn’t represent what America stands for!” she tweeted this week.
While all these leaders were pledging, showing solidarity and investing in what matters-health, one leader was busy taking hydroxychloroquine & drafting a letter to permanently stop funding from WHO. He doesn’t represent what America stands for! We miss integrity & authenticity. https://t.co/0PRTVGTGvT
— Tsion Firew, MD, MPH (@DrTsion) May 19, 2020
Bridges, Not #Walls gets you the Nobel Peace Prize @realDonaldTrump . May be you can learn a thing or two from @AbiyAhmedAli @PMEthiopia @BarackObama. No to war! No to xenophobia, racism and sexism! All world leaders should heed this example. @IlhanMN @AOC @DrSenait @Malala https://t.co/M9hQBt83gx
— Tsion Firew, MD, MPH (@DrTsion) October 11, 2019
Other celebrities who are set to participate in #PasstheMic include Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, and David Oyelowo.