AOC on Texas Reopening: ‘This Endangers the Entire Country and Beyond’
'Repealing the mask mandate now endangers so many people'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for removing coronavirus restrictions in the state, warning it “endangers the entire country and beyond.”
“93.2% of Texans aren’t fully vaccinated,” the far-left Democrat said.
"The state just endured one disaster worsened by selfishness + denial of basic science, and now conditions are being set for another.
“Repealing the mask mandate now endangers so many people, especially essential workers & the vulnerable,” she continued, warning it “endangers the entire country and beyond."
“We are in a pandemic,” she added.
"We know that COVID spread isn’t neatly contained by state borders, and explosions in COVID cases can increase the likelihood of new COVID variants to develop or spread to new places.
This endangers the entire country and beyond. We are in a pandemic. We know that COVID spread isn’t neatly contained by state borders, and explosions in COVID cases can increase the likelihood of new COVID variants to develop or spread to new places. It’s dangerous.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 2, 2021
On Tuesday, Abbott announced that Texans would no longer be required to wear masks beginning March 10th.
The Lone Star State governor added he would also rescind past executive orders and allow businesses to operate at maximum capacity.
“Everybody that wants a job should be able to get a job. Every business that wants to be open should be open,” the Republican governor said.
“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” he said.
I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021
I also ended the statewide mask mandate.
“We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent."
"Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed,” Abbott added.
-More than 7 million vaccinations will be given by next week.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 3, 2021
-We do about 1 million a week.
-We gave 216,000 shots today alone.
-More than 50% of the seniors will be vaccinated.
-Hospitalizations & the positivity rate are lowest in 4 months.
-All Texans know the safe practices. https://t.co/meJXrhcxnC
Abbott added that over 7 million vaccines would have been given by next week.
“Hospitalizations & the positivity rate are lowest in 4 months. All Texans know the safe practices,” he said in a social media post.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom slammed Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calling the move "absolutely reckless.”
Absolutely reckless. https://t.co/3O5GsbSLpM— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 2, 2021