Wyoming Sen. Anthony Bouchard, on his congressional campaign’s Facebook page, has posted a meme accusing White House Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, of lying about the coronavirus. He suggested that the top infectious disease expert “should face execution.”
In the post, along with an image of Fauci over a hanging noose, Bouchard wrote, “After prosecution, the chair, the gallows, or lethal injection?”
The Wyoming Senator’s post comes after the Intercept published a collection of documents from the National Institutes of Health revealing that the United States funded pathogenic research in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus was believed to have surfaced first.
Conspiracy theorists believe that the virus emerged in a Wuhan lab and was either accidentally or intentionally released into the public. The publication of the article has sparked interest in the theory specifically among conservatives including Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
Bouchard, a Republican, has been skeptic about the COVID-19 pandemic including how the government is responding to it. This has been a central piece of his political personality. He has also been advocating treatments that are not approved like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. He was also a major figure in anti-public-health-order protests at the Wyoming State Capitol during the last winter.
Not only this, he also sponsored and supported the legislation during the 2021 legislative session that aims to prevent the COVID19 vaccination mandates.
On Friday, Bouchard backed his post saying that Dr. Fauci’s action is a “crime on humanity.” He also accused that the liberals had induced a similar imagery towards 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.
Democrats have slammed Bouchard’s post.
“Senator Bouchard’s willingness to lower the political discourse to such despicable and dangerous depths is disgusting, shameful, embarrassing, and unacceptable,” Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joe Barbuto said in a statement.
“Time and time again, he has shown his true character through abhorrent comments and behavior — the legislative leaders of his party need to take a firm stance in condemning this nonsense and make it clear that there is no room in their caucus for rhetoric designed to incite violence.”