The former presidential contender, in an interview on MSNBCâ€™s â€œAll Inâ€ with Ali Velshi, ripped Texas Gov. Greg Abbottâ€™s (R) reported unwillingness to back local officialsÂ seeking to reimpose restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Abbott is â€œchoosing to allow people to die when he could choose to allow county judges to save their lives,â€ said Oâ€™Rourke, calling it â€œone of the most craven, callous failures of leadership that Iâ€™ve ever witnessed in my life.â€
Texas â€œdesperately needsâ€ a governor â€œguided by the facts and the science and the truth,â€ he added.
Oâ€™Rourke suggested Abbott, who has faced criticism for the premature reopening of the state and for his initial railing against the wearing of masks in public places, was focused on his 2022 reelection and â€œtrying to fend off our lieutenant governor,Â Dan Patrick, who on Fox News said there are more important things than living.â€
â€œIn other words, letâ€™s get on with the dying, knowing full well that it will be those frontline workers making $7.25 an hour, which is the minimum wage in Texas,â€ he continued, warning how it will be â€œAfrican-Americans, it will be Latinos and Mexican-Americans who will be doing the dying right here in Texas.â€
â€œThis is a death cult. The Texas GOP,â€ said Oâ€™Rourke. â€œOnly they want you to do the dying, and that is exactly whatâ€™s happening in Texas right now.â€Â
Check out the full interview above.
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