Rep. Madison Cawthorn called for Fauci's imprisonment and Biden's impeachment during a Trump rally

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-North Carolina)House Television via AP

Rep. Madison Cawthorn in a Saturday address targeted Anthony Fauci and President Joe Biden.

Speaking to supporters of former President Donald Trump at a rally in North Carolina, freshman representative Cawthorn promised that Fauci will be jailed and Biden impeached.

"We will embrace the spirit of our Founding Fathers," Cawthorn said. "We will investigate Anthony Fauci and send him to jail for lying to Congress."

Fauci, the nation's topmost COVID-19 expert and the White House chief medical advisor, was a polarizing figure during the Trump administration because the former president would often publicly go against his recommendations to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

After Trump left office, far-right and conservative politicians began to target him.

Last year, for example, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called for Fauci to be fired from his current post within the Biden administration. Paul claimed that Fauci lied to Congress about US-funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

"That's noise. I know what my job is," Fauci said, in dispute of such claims. Various fact-checks also noted that the claim was false.

Cawthorn also said the government is controlled by "dark forces," adding that putting conservatives in power in the White House and Congress will allow them to "restore the 2nd Amendment by repealing the National Firearms Act."

Shortly after, he called Biden a "geriatic despot."

"We will secure our borders and finally my friends, we will impeach Joe Biden for his dereliction of duty," Cawthorn said.

Various Republican lawmakers have been calling for Biden's impeachment since he was inaugurated into office.

Just one day into his first term, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, for example, promised to introduce articles of impeachment against Biden.

And Sen. Ted Cruz earlier this year said there's a chance Republicans will impeach Biden, "whether it's justified or not."

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