Beto O’Rourke, former Texas congressman and one-time Democratic presidential hopeful, spoke out late Friday towards the Lone Star State’s response to the continuing novel coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. O’Rourke took to Twitter to sharply criticize how the Republican administrations of each President Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have countered the coronavirus outbreak.
Citing a brand new research about COVID-19, the contagious illness the coronavirus causes, Mr. O’Rourke famous Texas tops a listing of states the place it’s spreading at an uncontrollable charge.
“A deadly lesson in failed leadership: Texas leads the country in uncontrolled spread of coronavirus. Despite what Trump & co. (Abbott & Patrick) say, stay home if you can & wear a mask if you have to go out. It will save lives,” Mr. O’Rourke tweeted, referring to the state’s lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick.
Mr. O’Rourke additional slammed the state’s dealing with of the outbreak later Friday in response to a tweet posted by the governor’s official account.
“Texas is Opening Safe, Smart, and Strong,” Mr. Abbott tweeted, prompting Mr. O’Rourke to counter: “Dangerous, dumb and weak.”
Most states started to impose journey and enterprise restrictions beginning in March to curb the unfold of COVID-19, and all have since begun the method of reopening.
The research cited by Mr. O’Rourke the topic of a report revealed by The Washington Post on Friday that he subsequently shared from his widely-followed Twitter account.
Texas reported its most new instances of COVID-19 confirmed in a single day —1,801 — final Saturday, the Post report famous, roughly two weeks for the reason that state started to reopen.
Mr. O’Rourke, 47, served on the El Paso City Council previous to serve three phrases representing the state’s 16th congressional district on Capitol Hill. He launched his White House marketing campaign in March 2019 and ended it practically a full yr later. He has since endorsed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden to run because the Democratic presidential nominee in November.
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