Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor of Texas, has doubled down on controversial comments he has made about it being worth sacrificing lives to save the economy.
Patrick, 70, received major backlash on social media and from other lawmakers after stating during a Fox News interview that his generation should be more than willing “to take a chance” and get back to work to give the economy a “needed boost.”
As parts of Texas are preparing to reopen later this week, Patrick took the opportunity to once again defend his statements.
Patrick told Tucker Carlson during an interview that the recent economic hardship had left him “vindicated.”
“When you start shutting down society and people start losing their paychecks and businesses can’t open and governments aren’t getting revenues…I’m sorry to say that I was right on this,” Patrick said.
“I’m thankful that we are now beginning to open up Texas and other states because it’s been long overdue.”
Patrick even Questioned the shifting projected death toll of the last few weeks stating that he believed “we have the wrong numbers, the wrong science.”
He went on to compare the death toll in Texas with its population saying, “every life is valuable but 500 people out of 29 million and we’re locked down and we’re crushing the average worker, we’re crushing small business, we’re crushing the markets, we’re crushing this country.”