the ACLU made an excellent argument in a Fleet last night:

"The First Amendment doesn't protect the rights of public employees to say whatever they want when speaking in their official capacity."
"As a matter of law, public employees are regularly sanctioned for speech that fosters a hostile work environment."
refusing to wear a mask, in an enclosed space, while you are performing your official duties as a lawmaker, almost certainly constitutes fostering a hostile work environment
a lethal work environment
i legitimately did not realize Rep. Jayapal had also tested positive for Covid

i assumed she was continuing to fight on behalf of her colleagues

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