Today, Maryland became the latest state to close down non-essential businesses throughout the state. It joined a number of others, mostly on the coasts, that have made the decision to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
President Trump, though, has been messaging that he might want to pull back some of the measures that have been recommended by the CDC. The most extreme example of that messaging was delivered by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. During a Monday appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show, the lawmaker hinted that it’s worth it for Grandparents to sacrifice their survival so that their grandchildren could have a healthy economy.
Patrick told Carlson, “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all Americans love for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”
He continued, “I’ve talked to hundreds of people Tucker, and just in the last week. I’m taking calls all the time. And everyone says, pretty much the same thing. That we can’t lose our whole country. We’re having an economic collapse. And I’m also a small businessman, I understand it. I talk with businesspeople all the time, Tucker. And my heart is lifted tonight by what I heard the President say. And we can do more than one thing at a time.”
Watch a clip of Patrick’s comments below, courtesy of Fox News:
Tx Lt Gov Dan Patrick says grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy for their grandchildren pic.twitter.com/wC3Ngvtsbj
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 24, 2020