Wyoming Senator & Congressional Candidate Anthony Bouchard posted a meme on his congressional campaign’s Facebook page accusing White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci of lying and suggesting that Fauci should be executed.
“After prosecution, the chair, the gallows, or lethal injection?” Bouchard wrote in the post, which was accompanied by an image of Fauci superimposed over a hanging noose.
The Wyoming Democratic Party reported the image — which Bouchard said he designed himself — to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Weeks back, The Intercept published a trove of documents from the National Institutes of Health showing the United States funded pathogenic research in Wuhan, the Chinese province where the novel coronavirus is believed to have first emerged.
Theories have speculated that the virus originated in a Wuhan lab and was either accidentally or deliberately released into the public. The publication of the Intercept article has renewed interest in the theory, particularly among conservatives like Kentucky Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.
Bouchard has made skepticism about the COVID-19 pandemic, and government responses to it, a central piece of his political identity. He has promoted unconventional treatments like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, and was a key figure in anti-public-health-order protests at the State Capitol last winter.
He also sponsored legislation during the 2021 legislative session to prevent vaccine mandates.
Bouchard defended his post Friday, describing Fauci’s actions as a “crime on humanity.” He also alleged liberals had evoked similar imagery toward officials like former President Donald Trump.
“If that’s the way it’s going to be, that only [Democrats] can say it, but if somebody else does something it’s a problem… oh boy that’s scary,” Bouchard said.
Responding to a comment beneath that post, Bouchard said in part: “I stand with my previous comments. Fauci is a murderer and those in power that go along with it should face the same penalties.”
As of Monday, the post had been removed, and campaign spokeswoman April Poley was not sure why it had been taken down, she told Cowboy State Daily.
However, she did say that she didn’t believe the senator had any regrets about making the post.
“I think he is pretty clear with his thoughts on Fauci in that post,” she told Cowboy State Daily on Monday.
“Bouchard has never been one to shy away from expressing his opinions, whether they be controversial or not,” Poley said, adding he is not the type of person to check on what voters think about an issue before commenting.
“He doesn’t do voter opinion polling before he says what he thinks,” she added