Jackson Lahmeyer, a pastor who is running against GOP Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordRubio blocks quick votes on stalemated defense bill Constant threats to government funding fail the American public GOP Senate candidate says Fauci is 'mass murderer,' should be jailed rather than 'hero' Rittenhouse MORE in the 2022 Oklahoma senate primary, said that the U.S. is "upside down" if Kyle Rittenhouse is sent to prison while Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Pfizer booster may be crucial against omicron Former Trump FDA commissioner says yearly COVID-19 boosters may be needed Fauci: It's 'when, not if' definition of fully vaccinated will change MORE, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, can walk free, according to Newsweek.
Lahmeyer called Rittenhouse, who is on trial for fatally shooting two protesters and injuring a third last year, an "American hero" and said that Fauci should be imprisoned, Newsweek reported.
"They worship a mass murderer. He belongs in prison," Lahmeyer said during a Facebook livestream Tuesday, referring to Fauci, per Newsweek. "But Kyle Rittenhouse, who defends himself against a convicted pedophile, a convicted woman-beater, is fighting for his life not to go to prison. Our nation is living upside down right now."
Rittenhouse is awaiting a verdict in his trial on five separate charges, including first-degree homicide, after shooting three men in Kenosha, Wis., during a 2020 protest following the police-involved killing of a 29-year-old Black man named Jacob Blake.
According to Newsweek, Lahmeyer has vowed to call out Fauci on a daily basis and has said the infectious diseases expert is the "greatest con man in the United States of America, who's gotten away with murder."
Retweeting the Newsweek article about his comments, Lahmeyer added, "Anthony Fauci needs to be fired, arrested and convicted for crimes against humanity."
Anthony Fauci is a mass-murderer who needs to be FIRED, ARRESTED & CONVICTED of crimes against humanity.— Jackson Lahmeyer (@JacksonLahmeyer) November 19, 2021
Wuhan Lab. Gain Of Function. COVID. https://t.co/7emuxWalO5
Lahmeyer has been endorsed by Michael Flynn, who previously served as a national security adviser to former President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE, as well as Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaGOP Senate candidate says Fauci is 'mass murderer,' should be jailed rather than 'hero' Rittenhouse Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP YouTube bans Sebastian Gorka's channel after repeated violations MORE, a former senior adviser in the Trump administration, as touted on Lahmeyer's campaign website.
Lahmeyer's campaign site also states the he "never thought he would run for political office, but after James Lankford betrayed President Trump on January 6, Lahmeyer said he was ‘fed up’ and decided to enter the race."
His website also features a link to a COVID-19 vaccine exemption form and petition for supporters to fill out.