Conspiracy theorists have really taken the cake with the newest rumor to be spread. After a tweet went viral, many are now under the false impression that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s wife, Christine Grady, is the sister of Ghislaine Maxwell. For those unfamiliar, Ghislaine Maxwell is a British socialite recently arrested on charges related to Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
Once this tweet went viral, the internet and QAnon supporters ran with the idea that Dr. Fauci and his wife were involved in some sort of “deep state” conspiracy or worse, Jeffrey Epstein’s trafficking ring. Snopes, as well as many other sources, have debunked this claim.
The rumor was spread by a proponent of the “QAnon” movement.
DeAnna Lorraine, a proponent of the “QAnon” movement, posted a message on Twitter claiming that Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the lead members of the Trump Administration’s White House Coronavirus Task Force, was married to the sister of Ghislaine Maxwell. In a now-deleted tweet, she wrote that Dr. Fauci’s wife was Ghislaine’s sister and encouraged others to spread the lie.
She tweeted, “BREAKING: Dr. Fauci’s WIFE is Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister! And the plot thickens. I knew my instincts were right about Fauci. RETWEET! #FollowTheWives”
Soon enough, her tweet went viral and received over 1,200 retweets. It wasn’t long before she then questioned her own tweet and wrote, “Can someone pls confirm this?? I’m hearing from multiple sources?”
Instead of admitting she was completely wrong in her claim, she decided to just delete the tweet and say that she needed to investigate it more because she was “getting different facts. She wrote, “Sorry guys. True news is extremely important to me and I want to make sure something is 150% true and fact checked before posting it. I’m getting different facts on the story about Fauci.”
A simple Google search could have debunked DeAnna’s false claim.
DeAnna’s tweet claiming that Ghislaine Maxwell was Dr. Fauci's sister-in-law included a screenshot of the Wikipedia page of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister, Christine Maxwell. The only problem is that the Christine DeAnna was featuring is not the Christine Dr. Fauci is married to, and in fact they even have different last names. It must be a wonder to DeAnna Lorraine that people can have the same name!
Christine Grady, Dr. Fauci’s wife, was born in New Jersey in 1952, attended Georgetown University, is the author of hundreds of papers in the field of bioethics, and is currently the Chief of the Department of Bioethics for the National Institutes of Health.
Christine Maxwell, the actual sister of Ghislaine Maxwell, was born in France in 1950 and co-founded Magellan, one of the internet’s early search engines. According to The Daily Beast, Maxwell was a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Dallas in 2019.
One user tweeted, “No, Dr. Anthony Fauci is not married to Ghislaine Maxwell's sister despite what you might have read. Christine Grady is from New Jersey, not related to the Maxwells, and a medical professional who worked on panels in the Obama & Reagan administrations.”