i think that this should be a crime with consequences similar to those for similar numbers of casualties, and that the consequences should be summary. foreignpolicy.com/2021/02/18/tru…
there is no question that he lied about the severity of the outbreak and took affirmative action which resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of americans. there is no question that he did this with knowledge of the consequences.
i cannot say what I think should happen to scott atlas on twitter. i do not know whether i can even legally say it.

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