By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Congressional candidate Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, has no regrets about a social media post he made last week suggesting the execution of White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, a spokeswoman told Cowboy State Daily on Monday.
Last week, Bouchard posted a meme to his campaign page about Fauci that alleged he lied about the COVID pandemic and suggesting he should be prosecuted.
“After prosecution, the chair, the gallows, or lethal injection?” Bouchard wrote in the post, which was accompanied by an image of Fauci superimposed and a hanging noose. The senator told WyoFile that he made the meme himself.
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.
Fauci has been criticized for his handling of the pandemic, especially by Bouchard. The senator has expressed his displeasure at Fauci for not promoting the controversial coronavirus treatments of ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine, both of which Bouchard has touted in social media posts.
“Fauci lied. People died,” Poley said.
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 said.
Bouchard is one of the candidates staying in the congressional race following Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman’s announcement last week that she would be seeking the Republican nomination for Wyoming’s lone House of Representatives seat. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Hageman just hours after she announced her run.
Bouchard said Wyoming voters shouldn’t trust Hageman because she “was a close friend of Cheney.”
“Harriet has never been elected,” Bouchard said. “She doesn’t have a voting record, and now the voters should trust a party operative that is a long time close friend of Cheney? Trump has once again surrounded himself with the wrong advisors and he’s endorsed the same candidate that Liz Cheney would endorse to replace her in her congressional seat.”