Donald Trump Jr. sparked the ire of the internet after issuing threats against Dr. Anthony Fauci by sharing a meme predicting the murder of the infectious disease expert.
Trump Jr. on Friday shared a meme about Fauci to his 4.5 million followers on Instagram via a story. “I’m gonna just jump out ahead on this and say I don’t think Fauci killed himself,” read the meme. Trump Jr’s words were photoshopped onto a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio drinking a cocktail. The post was flagged by Aaron Rupar, who shared a screenshot on Twitter.
Social media users were quick to respond to Jr’s post, accusing the former president’s son of threatening Fauci. Some users tagged federal law enforcement and Instagram, demanding action be taken against Trump Jr.’s post.
“Uh, @FBI seems like Don Jr. is issuing veiled threats,” tweeted Mexican-American physician and biomedical data scientist Jorge A. Caballero.
“Do we even have laws anymore? Seriously. It really feels as though we’ve lurched into ANYTHING-F***ING-GOES-BECAUSE-NO-ONE-IS-GOING-TO-F***ING-STOP-US territory, for real,” tweeted actor and producer Cory Reynolds.
“First Flynn and now this. This is a goddamn death threat,” tweeted user @brook_jaymes.
“@FBI @TheJusticeDept must take things like this seriously. Or are they going to sat they didn’t see it coming like they didn’t see January 6th coming? It’s unbelievable and mind boggling how much these domestic terrorists are getting away with and no accountability at all,” tweeted @BlueTsunami20.
From Don Jr’s Instagram story tonight pic.twitter.com/DSJJuSbOfV
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 5, 2021
That looks like a threat Jr should be banned.
— Hugh Schurtz 🆘 (@HughSchurtz) June 5, 2021
This is literally inciting violence against Dr. Fauci.
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) June 5, 2021
Uh, @FBI seems like Don Jr. is issuing veiled threats ^^
— Jorge A. Caballero, MD (@DataDrivenMD) June 5, 2021
Do we even have laws anymore? Seriously. It really feels as though we’ve lurched into ANYTHING-FUCKING-GOES-BECAUSE-NO-ONE-IS-GOING-TO-FUCKING-STOP-US territory, for real. pic.twitter.com/jZmrZwIFn3
— Corey🤬Reynolds (@coreyreynoldsLA) June 5, 2021
And when one of the Trump family cultist attempts or succeeds in his death, retrumplicans will do nothing. Trump family gets away with crime every damn day.
— tara strong (@tarastrong) June 5, 2021
Wow! They really have no awareness at all. I guess when corruption and crime is your birthright you're blinded.
— Diane Harris (@DhLadylaw) June 5, 2021
Don Jr is also the one who, more than a month prior to the insurrection, put out a video calling for 50,000 Trumpers to raise up & take back their country. He wanted 50,000 people to commit to fighting. Doesn't that show premeditation & planning? Isn't that treasonous?
— Kathleen Yatsko (@KCYatsko) June 5, 2021
You all need to remove @DonaldJTrumpJr from your platforms.
Donald Trump Jr. is inciting violence against Dr. Anthony Fauci on Instagram.
— mollyswordmcdonough 🌊 (@mollysmcdonough) June 5, 2021