Abbott’s Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick similarly pointed his racist finger at asylum-seeking households. Recall that Patrick at the very beginning of the pandemic had suggested that senior residents could be prepared to sacrifice themselves to save lots of Walmart or some shit. It appears to be like like he and Abbott are actually able to kill extra Texans, and are setting the stage accountable immigrants for his or her lethal shenanigans:
Sadly, none of that is new for Patrick specifically, who has an extended historical past of this type of immigrant-bashing. “From the start, Patrick staked his political fortunes on xenophobia,” the Texas Observer reported in 2019. “Means again in 2006, when he was transitioning from radio shock jock to candidate for a state Senate district within the Houston ’burbs, Patrick was busy telling audiences that immigrants are pathogenic marauders,” claiming immigrants had been “bringing Third World ailments with them.”
I imply, for years anti-immigrant Republicans have promoted this racist lie that immigrants carry illness when some Central American nations truly have better vaccination rates than the U.S. In 2021, I can’t consider we’re nonetheless debating this racist shit, particularly when it’s white right-wing Republicans like Greg Abbott leading this anti-mask brigade proper now! Additional calling BS on Abbott is a report that he’s stalled a federal offer from the Biden administration to check migrants. Nearly like he’s simply extra focused on blaming immigrants. Nearly.
Disgraced former speaker and forgotten politician Newt Gingrich additionally joined in on the racism, falsely claiming that “[t]he best risk of a covid surge comes from Biden’s untested unlawful immigrants pouring throughout the border. We’ve got no manner of know what number of of them are bringing covid with them.” By Thursday, the tweet was gone from his feed, nevertheless it was unclear if he deleted it or it was eliminated by Twitter.
“The US has extra Covid instances THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD,” Jack Herrera tweeted. “And asylum seekers usually are not at fault.” There was seemingly no stopping all of our nation’s struggling amid this pandemic, nevertheless it didn’t need to be this unhealthy. As a substitute, almost a 12 months in the past at this time, the earlier president went onto tv to say it would just go away. Half a million dead later, it has not gone away. On Thursday, Abbott doubled-down: