Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas announced on Tuesday that the Lone Star State will lift its mask mandate and allow all businesses to reopen by March 10, a decision that should have been put forth months prior. The celebrity elites lost their minds on Twitter, in a predictable fashion, lamenting that Texas will embrace freedom and not stay in lockdown mode until the end of time.
“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” said Abbott. “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.”
“Today’s announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year,” Abbott continued. “Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”
The announcement from the Texas governor comes after nearly a year of various lockdown restrictions, whereas Florida lifted its restrictions in May. Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota never instituted a statewide lockdown. Soon after Texas announced its executive order, a number of celebrities, who possess little-to-no policy expertise, voiced their disapproval.
Make no mistake. Texas and Mississippi opening back up to 100% will disproportionately impact and kill minorities, who comprise much of the essential work force bearing the brunt of this pandemic.
This is criminal, a racist death sentence for so many who could have been spared.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 3, 2021
“Also, Texas no longer allows voting and we are rebranding San Antonio as Whoville” https://t.co/JHVi9LvQew
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 2, 2021
Only another white man could figure out a way to become a worse person than Ted Cruz. https://t.co/sdtKWhe0hy
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) March 2, 2021
Governor Abbott actively canceling Texans.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) March 2, 2021
The @GOP is a death cult. https://t.co/qQxm63FUOp
— Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) March 3, 2021
“To all the leftists crying because Texas and Mississippi have announced they will resume FREEDOM — did you know that you are still welcome to stay in your home all day and double mask? You don’t need a government mandate to be a paranoid recluse,” Daily Wire host Candace Owens tweeted in response to the flurry of leftist rage.
To all the leftists crying because Texas and Mississippi have announced they will resume FREEDOM— did you know that you are still welcome to stay in your home all day and double mask?
You don’t need a government mandate to be a paranoid recluse.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 2, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, who is the target of a recall petition that has reached more than 1.8 million signatures, voiced his disapproval of Abbott’s decision, only to get dunked on by Federalist staff writer Jordan Davidson.
“Absolutely reckless,” Newsom said.
Absolutely reckless. https://t.co/3O5GsbSLpM
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 2, 2021
This you, bro? https://t.co/614m2qXtJj pic.twitter.com/CgJWdz2Y8O
— Jordan Boyd (@jordangdavidson) March 2, 2021