Jerry Falwell Jr. last week partially reopened his Liberty University ― an evangelical Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia ― despite the spread of the coronavirus.
Falwell on Twitter said no students on campus are sick with coronavirus, and one off-campus tested positive “from local contacts in the community.” He also said the school was “embracing its responsibility to care for students instead of running away.”
Falwell has been a coronavirus conspiracy theorist, claiming an “overreaction” to the threat is really an attempt to make President Donald Trump look bad.
“Impeachment didn’t work, and the Mueller report didn’t work, and Article 25 didn’t work,” he said earlier this month on Fox News, which has consistently given voice to conspiracy theories. “And so maybe now this is their next attempt to get Trump.”
People on Twitter slammed Falwell for the opening the school and putting his students at risk ― with some suggesting that he face lawsuits or even criminal charges:
This story almost makes me wish I was still a trial lawyer. To the hard working process servers who will soon be calling on Jerry Falwell Jr.: remember to maintain 6 feet of social distance. https://t.co/u1zPUxcjjG— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) March 29, 2020
Falwell is the wrong name- should be Falbad- because he is an irresponsible asshole. https://t.co/HrwEEsPQwZ— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) March 30, 2020
Falwell is a monster.— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) March 29, 2020
Lawyer up. Cuz lawyers will be coming. Wonder if insurance will cover it. It’s arguably an intentional act by university for which the injuries could’ve been reasonably anticipated. Mr. Falwell could be personally liable. If it’s deemed intentional, bankruptcy may not help. Hmm. https://t.co/0oY0LY1ogV— Daniel Mark Extrom (@DanMarkEx) March 29, 2020
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, reopened the school's campus last week. By Friday, nearly a dozen Liberty students were sick with symptoms that suggest Covid-19. https://t.co/Y8z1SEDYX8— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 29, 2020
Such negligence. I’m hoping they all recuperate soon—and Falwell is removed from any position in which he is responsible for the well-being of others. https://t.co/nYT6h0VIOd— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) March 29, 2020
I hope Liberty University and especially Jerry Falwell Jr get sued from here to Timbuktu https://t.co/6NMiJlW4WG— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) March 29, 2020
Falwell should face criminal charges. https://t.co/EKZY7yA97Y— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) March 29, 2020
Falwell knowingly put those students at Liberty University in danger. He should lose his job. https://t.co/0AwhRAlFgZ— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) March 29, 2020
Jerry Falwell Jr is now, quite literally, a merchant of death. https://t.co/ZWvv3LsCL0— David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) March 30, 2020
Jerry Falwell Jr. needs to hire a good lawyer. https://t.co/PRX4efoUUJ— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) March 29, 2020
Falwell should be arrested.— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) March 29, 2020
Jerry Falwell Jr is a terrible person and is 100% responsible for whatever happens to those students. https://t.co/xg3Xfe0EGv— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 29, 2020
The headline of this article has been updated in light of the school’s response to a New York Times’ report that students at the school were sick.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.