Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who often claims to be “pro-life,” called for Americans to go back to work despite the danger of the still-spreading coronavirus, which has killed more than 42,000 Americans.
Patrick, a Republican, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on April 20 that Americans must take risks, but did not mention what risks he would be taking:
There are more important things than living … I don’t want to die, nobody wants to die, but man we’ve got to take some risks.
Patrick said on March 24 that grandparents are willing to die from the coronavirus to save the U.S. economy for their children and grandchildren.
Patrick told Carlson on April 20 that the coronavirus economic hardship somehow “vindicated” his prior statement and he took a hollow victory lap:
When you start shutting down society and people start losing their paychecks and businesses can’t open and governments aren’t getting revenues…I’m sorry to say that I was right on this.
Patrick questioned the shifting projected death toll over the last few weeks by claiming “we have the wrong numbers, the wrong science.”
In reality, the projected death toll is/was always an estimate based on science models, not a guarantee written in stone. Deaths were expected to go down because social distancing and business closings.
(Source: Fox News via Twitter)