Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Monday called for the reopening of his state and the country during an interview on Fox News.
Patrick told Tucker Carlson in March,
“There are more important things than living, and that’s saving this country for my children and grandchildren and saving this country for all of us.
I don’t want to die. Nobody wants to die, but man we gotta take some risks and get back in the game and get this country back up and running.”
Patrick stood by his remarks and said the country
“should not have been locked down. I’m thankful that we are now beginning to open up Texas and other states because it’s long overdue.
We cannot endure this much longe. Every month we stay closed, it’s going to take two to three months to rebuild.”
He said that “every life is valuable,” but Texas should not be shut down because a small percentage is dying.
So far, COVID-19 virus has infected nearly 20,000 Texans, with 500+ deaths and counting.
Patrick of course has been slammed by critics.
“I just think there are lots of grandparents out there in this country like me — I have six grandchildren — that what we all care about and what we love more than anything are those children, and I want to live smart and see through this, but I don’t want the whole country to be sacrificed. And that’s what I see.”
There is another epidemic raging through the country, it’s called COVIDiocy.
“And I don’t want to die. Nobody wants to die. But man, we’ve got to take some risks.” — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrickhttps://t.co/PWjfFPD13N— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 21, 2020
Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick is certainly entitled to hold ridiculous opinions. However, the first duty of government is to protect the lives of its people. If @DanPatrick doesn’t understand that, then he shouldn’t be in government. https://t.co/7osUvtxgNH— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 21, 2020
(via Guardians of Democracy)