Maryland Man Charged With Threatening to Set Anthony Fauci and His Family on Fire

A 56-year-old Maryland man named Thomas Connally faces federal charges after allegedly sending death threats to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious diseases expert who heads the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases [NIAID]. Connally allegedly threatened to set Fauci and his family on fire.

Legal authorities say that between December 2020 and July 2021, Connally of Greenbelt, Maryland, sent seven death threats to Dr. Fauci. Connally reportedly sent the threats using an encrypted email account.

In one email, Connally allegedly said Fauci and his family should be "dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire," WJZ-TV reported.

Connally's other alleged emails to Fauci called him "a sickening, compromised satanic freemason criminal" and a "disgusting piece of elf garbage," The Daily Beast reported. He allegedly told Fauci he would be "hunted, tortured, beaten, [and] enslaved," breaking every bone in his "disgusting elf skull." He also said Fauci's wife and daughters would be shot in "their disgusting pig snouts while you watch."

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A Maryland man named Thomas Connally is facing charges for allegedly threatening to set infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and his entire family on fire. In this photo, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the ongoing federal response to COVID-19 on May 11 in Washington, D.C. Greg Nash/Getty

During the same time span, Connally allegedly sent four death threats to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Maryland State's Attorney's Office said.

"Drop the 'mandatory vaccine' talk, maggot, or you're getting 6 mandatory shots in your worthless satanist f**got skull," Connally allegedly wrote to Collins. "You and your buddies [Bill] Gates and [George] Soros too, you sick little f**k. I'll smash every tooth out of your f**got skull."

It's unclear if the use of the word "f**got" is intended as an anti-gay slur since Collins is a man who is married to a woman. The reference to Soros and Gates may allude to a conspiracy theory that believes both billionaires helped create the COVID-19 pandemic for financial benefit.

Connally now faces up to 10 years in federal prison for allegedly making threats against a federal official. He could also face up to five additional years for allegedly sending interstate communication containing a threat to harm.

In April 2020, Fauci rose to prominence as a member of then-President Donald Trump's White House coronavirus task force. Amid "growing threats to his personal safety" from overzealous fans and haters, the White House gave him a security detail, The Washington Post reported.

Fauci has also become a target of suspicion on right-wing websites such as The American Thinker, which referred to him as a "deep-state ­Hillary Clinton-loving stooge," and The Gateway Pundit, which accused him of trying "to destroy the U.S. economy based on total guesses and hysterical predictions."

Newsweek contacted the NIAID for comment.