Outrage after DC think tank boss says Donald Trump dying of coronavirus would be ‘poetic justice’ – The Sun

THE head of a DC think tank said it would be “poetic justice” if Donald Trump died from killer bug coronavirus.

Berin Szóka, the president of TechFreedom, tweeted the astonishing remark after the US President attended CPAC alongside at least one virus patient.

He wrote: “Serious question: could there possibly any greater poetic justice in the universe than for Trump to die of the #CPACvirus.”

Szóka is a libertarian whose Washington DC think tank is partly funded by right wing billionaire Charles Koch – a high profile critic of Trump.

He later deleted the tweet and apologized insisting he wrote it because he is “distraught” at how the US government is “downplaying” the outbreak of coronavirus.

Szóka, who describes himself as a “tech policy” lawyer, wrote: “I’d never wish death upon anyone but I get why people read it that way.


“For that, I’m sorry. Like many, I’ve been distraught at systematic downplaying of this crisis.

“My tweet came not from a place of malice but from deepest concern. It doesn’t express my organization’s opinion.”

Despite his apology, Szóka was blasted on Twitter for his remarks.

One user said: "Too late to back track now. You meant it exactly the way it was typed."

Another wrote: "You're a liar. You got caught showing exactly how dark your heart is. Keep it up."

This comes after the chairman of CPAC Matt Schlapp revealed he had contact with a coronavirus victim before shaking hands with Trump.

Schlapp says he feels “healthy as a horse” after the “incidental contact” with the unnamed man who is recovering in New Jersey.

At the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference, the political activist interacted with the US President, his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner as well as Eric Trump’s wife Lara.

But Schlapp told Fox Sunday that the patient “had no contact with either the president or the vice president.”

He also told of the precautions self-described “germaphobe” Trump took at the convention.

The CPAC chairman said: “I can tell you, when the president was on site at CPAC, he lives by what he tells us, because I saw him scrub down his hand and clean his hands more than once while he was on the premises, and I did the same.”

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