Republicans are beginning to get anxious over the economic cost of protecting Americans from the Coronavirus outbreak. During a Monday night appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (who is a Republican, obviously) suggested that grandparents — including himself, apparently — would be willing to die or at least put themselves in danger to protect the economy. Reports have suggested that elderly people are most vulnerable to the Coronavirus, which would carry over into a situation in which the economy was reopened and the virus was allowed to spread freely. In other words, it’s as if he isn’t even trying to hide his GOP allegiance to protecting profits over protecting lives.
Not one single human being deserves to die for somebody else's stock portfolio. Not one daughter, son, mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandmother or grandfather.
— Anne Boleyn (Sussex Supporter) (@TudorChick1501) March 24, 2020
‘No one reached out to me as a senior citizen and said, ‘Are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that is the exchange, I’m all in. And that doesn’t make me noble or brave or anything like that. I just think there are lots of grandparents out there in this country like me… that, what we all care about, and what we love more than anything are those children. And I want to live smart, and I want to see through this, but I don’t want the whole country to be sacrificed, and that’s what I see.’
This crisis is really laying bare the extent to which we are ruled by completely craven psychopaths https://t.co/WbG1uh39W9
— Micah Uetricht 🌹 (@micahuetricht) March 24, 2020
Patrick went on to claim that he’s talked to “hundreds of people” and “everyone says pretty much the same thing,” which is, supposedly, that we “can’t lose our whole country” in an attempt to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
As he added:
‘Let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living, let’s be smart about it, and those of us who are 70 plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.’
This man is the LIEUTENANT FUCKING GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
How monstrous and stupid can one person be https://t.co/pdFwN019Eq
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) March 24, 2020
The reality is that the trade-off that he suggests doesn’t even exist. On the one hand, the economic struggles can continue via the attempts to stop the virus from spreading even further. The other option is to reopen the economy — and the ensuing virus spread could itself overwhelm the health care system even further with a sudden spike in cases and thereby enact the economic toll that Patrick seems so desperate to avoid. His comments are ignorant of the actual reality of the situation — not to mention, the virus doesn’t even only affect older people. Plenty of those in younger age groups have been hurt and died as well.
When Trump tweets "WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF" what he means is that he cannot let protecting the American people cost the Trump Organization money. To Trump, his losing money is worse than your dying.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) March 24, 2020
Nevertheless, the brazen prioritization of corporate well-being over individual health and safety has also been exemplified by the president himself.
Trump insisted as recently as Tuesday morning that the main “point” was to get everyone “BACK TO WORK,” which follows a tweet from earlier in the week in which he insisted that the cure can’t be worse than the disease, which might be a memorable catchphrase but in reality suggests that the cure — which entails economic struggles — could in any way be worse than mass death among the American public thanks to the spread of the Coronavirus.
“Our country wasn’t built to be shut down,” President Trump says, adding that he will make a decision on federal social distancing guidance once the 15-day period of initial guidance is over.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 23, 2020