Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Texas' lieutenant governor suggests grandparents are willing to die for USA economy

Texas' lieutenant governor suggests grandparents are willing to die for USA economy

Texas' lieutenant governor says the us should get back to work in the face of the global pandemic and that people over the age of 70 will "take care of ourselves".

Dan Patrick (R-TX) made the astonishing argument on Monday night that the elderly ought to be willing to die from COVID-19 for the sake of the economy.

Meanwhile, CNN noted that Patrick's comments contradict recommendations by government agencies and public health experts.

Many countries are more or less on lockdown to stop the disease from spreading, but some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, fear more for the economy than the loss of human lives.

Governor Dan Patrick told FOX News host Tucker Carlson that he's ready to sacrifice his life to COVID-19 for the American economy, and that there are a lot of seniors out there who are with him on that.

Patrick told Carlson that he did not want to appear to be morbid, but he said that if he became sick, he would try to get better, "but if I don't, I don't".

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Patrick insisted he has "talked to hundreds of people" in the last week who are more anxious about giving future generations a "shot at the American dream" than being in the small percentage killed in the pandemic. "But the point is our biggest gift we give to our country and our children and our grandchildren is the legacy of our country, and right now, that is at risk". "I think we can get back to work". "Let's be smart about it", Patrick said.

Still, if the President proceeds. you can count in grandpa Patrick, who says he's willing to risk dying - "We can't lose our whole country, we're having an economic collapse".

Stay your a$$ at home.

Tucker asked if Patrick feared an economic collapse more than the killer virus.

Furthermore, experts have made it clear that social interaction, including going to work, contributes to a higher number of infections, as made evident in Italy and Spain, whereas countries that practice isolation such as China and South Korea saw cases decline over time.

However, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has resisted calling a stay-at-home order for all of Texas but local officials in Dallas and San Antonio have.

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