Berin Szóka, the president of TechFreedom — a DC based libertarian think tank linked to billionaire Charles Koch — questioned Monday night whether it would be “poetic justice” for President Donald Trump to die from the coronavirus after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) two weeks ago.
“Serious question: could there possibly any greater poetic justice in the universe than for Trump to die of the #CPACvirus,” Szóka tweeted Monday night.
The Washington Post included Szóka, a self-described “neoliberal shill,” as an expert in their “Techology 202 Network” list Monday. Szóka’s group, TechFreedom, has financial links to billionaire Charles Koch, a frequent critic of the Trump administration’s protectionist trade policies on China.
Szóka later deleted the tweet and apologized, claiming that his question did not come from “a place of malice but from deepest concern.”
Several members of the GOP have self-quarantines after being potentially exposed to an infected patient at CPAC.
I've deleted the original tweet, not to hide it (screenshots, I know), but because, yes, my critics are right: we shouldn’t ever say anything that could be interpreted as wishing harm on anyone— Berin Szóka 🌐 (@BerinSzoka) March 10, 2020