Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifts state mask mandate, allows businesses to open at 100%

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Another day, another f*ck sh*t story coming out of Texas. Texas is slowly getting over a black out and water outage across the state due to an unprecedented storm and badly maintained deregulated power grid (basically corruption). The Texas government KNEW since at least 2011 that the grid could create chaos and cost lives if we were to ever have a statewide freeze and did nothing about it. And what’s more appalling is as Texans were dying in their homes from the cold and lack of water, Texas lawmakers were fleeing the state. It would seem that the Texas Republican government wasn’t satisfied with the lives lost due to the freeze so now Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that he is lifting the statewide mask mandate and opening all businesses at 100%. (Mississippi’s Governor, Tate Reeves, has lifted the mask mandate as well.) One would think at this point that lawmakers are out to kill us Texans. Texans now get to look forward to spikes in COVID cases since only 12% of the state has been vaccinated. Below are more details from Dallas News:

“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end,” Abbott said during a press conference in Lubbock. “It is now time to open Texas 100%.”

“Also, I am ending the statewide mask mandate,” he said.

“Texans have mastered the habits to keep from getting COVID,” he said at a news conference in a Lubbock restaurant Tuesday before a mostly maskless crowd on Texas Independence Day.

Abbott also pointed to the fact that by next Wednesday, 7 million vaccine shots will have been given to Texans.

Health officials advised against removing masks.

“We think it’s premature,” Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Phil Huang told Dallas County commissioners hours before Abbott’s decision to end the mask order he put in place in July. “It’s still too early. We’d all love to get back to normal. [But] it’s not the time to relax.”

Dallas County Commissioners said they believe any rollback will yield mixed messages and send COVID cases soaring back up.

“If the governor lifts restrictions,” Commissioner Elba Garcia, a Democrat from west Dallas County said, “it’s going to be even more confusing.”

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley immediately ordered the lifting of his county’s mask mandate.

Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion, Abbott said.

And Abbott also said if COVID-19 hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas get above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, county judge may implement mitigation strategies. However, the governor said judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor any penalties for failing to wear a face mask. A county judge cannot limit occupancy restrictions to less than 50%.

[From Dallas News]

I am so sick of Greg Abbott and the rest of the Texas government. They are deplorable and don’t actually care about Texans. If you noticed Abbott’s only concern is business and money. I saw someone post a tweet that sad, “If your governor is telling you to remove your masks, then maybe you should remove your governor.” I wholeheartedly agree with this. It is time to remove Abbott in 2022 and I have it on good authority that Beto may run against him. The last 24 years of Republican governorship have been terrible for Texas. I have been deputized to register people to vote and I plan to drive across the state this summer to get folks registered. The leadership must change as they are only in office for their own benefit.

I do hope that businesses continue to protect their workers and enforce the mask wearing because I am not here to see another raging COVID spike. We have had more than half a million die from this virus because lawmakers are more concerned about money and some people are stupid and reckless. I hope this latest move by Abbott is the death of his reelection campaign but we shall see. In the mean time a lot of Texans are panicking and trying to get vaccinated. As if Texans need anymore trauma. I am going to continue to wear my mask and social distance despite being vaccinated. And I hope our voter registration efforts will be as effective as Georgia’s and help overcome voter suppression and gerrymandering. If we wish to survive as a state, major changes are necessary. Other than that, Cruz, Abbott and all the rest of those idiots can kick rocks.

Here are how some other folks are feeling about the lifting of the mask mandate:

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  1. Escondista says:

    By killing people this month from a COVID-19 spike or mask wars, he’s trying to distract you from the people he killed last month by freezing them to death.
    As an Austinite, I’m giving this one more election cycle and if the majority of Texans remain as stupid and mean-spirited as they seem (sorry fellow progressive Texans), I’m leaving. F this place.

    • Mc says:

      This man is a moron. I’m very sorry to all of the sane people who live in Texas.

      Can local governments (like the city of Austin or Houston) have local mandates or is only allowed at the state level?

      • Texas.T-Rex says:

        Unfortunately no. Here in Houston, our County Judge, Linda Hildago tried to enforce mandatory mask usage last year. Our mayor and G. Abbott overrode her.

      • Msmlnp says:

        Yes, the same thing happened in San Antonio. Not only that, but the school districts have been subjected to nonsense from TEA. It’s a nightmare.

    • escondista says:

      Adding: anybody have a recommendation on where to move in the US (max house price of 500,000)?
      Also adding that the house price isn’t a humble brag…we don’t make a lot but our house in austin is worth a freaky amount of money now.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Go to southern VT or the PNW.

      • Julia says:

        If what you like about Austin is the progressive atmosphere, by all means: come join us in Western Washington! $500K will buy you a nice house within an hour or so of Seattle, but definitely not a mansion (and you won’t get any house at all for that price in Seattle itself).

      • Claire says:

        Southern New Jersey you could get a decent sized house for 500k and be near a city (Philadelphia). But then you pay our insanely high taxes 🤷‍♀️

      • Jensies says:

        In Portland, you’d get a pretty good house for $500k, esp on the east side of town. And mild weather.

    • GroverSez says:

      Currently marooned in Houston and counting the days til I move back to the Midwest.

    • Steph says:

      That’s what I did last year (moved from Nebraska). There are a million people in district 2, which is purple. There are half a million other Nebraskans through the state and their vote counts 2-1, so we always have the dumbest mother effers in charge. Like Pete Ricketts is an evil man (check out the stories from 2015/2106 here even though we abolished the death penalty, he ordered drugs from India so he could execute someone).

      I moved to the coast.

    • sassafras says:

      Same. I will have both kids graduated in four years and after that the husband and I agree that Texas is getting too crazy. There are beautiful, wonderful corners and my family and friends are here but the loony toons minority rules and they are only pro-life as long as you’re in the womb.

  2. Texas.T-Rex says:

    As a fellow Houstonian who suffered two weeks ago, this is insane to think about.

    Read the details and private businesses can still use their own discretion. However, we all know there will be many individuals throwing tantrums and making life difficult for those who remain cautious.

    Will remain to my schedule and stay distanced. These are troubling times for many.

    You know it’s bad when our County Judge, Linda Hidalgo, openly discusses how wild this decision is.

    Stay strong everyone.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Houstonian here too. I am so angry at Abbott and his Republithugs. This decision will lead to more deaths and put people like my partner – a surgeon – at even more risk.

      I sincerely hope there is a special place in hell for all of these asshats who care only about themselves and not about fellow Texans.

      • Texas.T-Rex says:

        It is so good you are aware of how Abbott is playing his political poker hand.

        This is not leadership, this is a coward trying to save face for his future political campaign.

        Will do my part in voting him out.

    • JACK says:

      Mayor Turner called out Abbott about using this to change the headlines from the government failure with the electric grid.

      I’d like to move out of Texas also but real estate is so expensive in blue states.

    • bosandi says:

      As a fellow Houstonian, I echo your sentiments. I’m still traumatized from a few weeks ago and now this. Words can’t describe just how angry I am at this decision. These lawmakers are really trying to kill us. For the first time in 30 years I’m thinking of leaving the state. It won’t be easy because Houston is a great multi-cultural city and the cost of living is fantastic. But I value my life even if lawmakers who we pay don’t. I’ll stop here because the next words I type won’t be suitable for this platform.

  3. Frida_K says:

    From where I sit here in Austin, Texas…

    This is demoralizing, frightening, and horrifying. I wish I could say that I cannot believe he would do such a thing, but yes. I believe it. It’s par for the GQP course.

    But I am demoralized.

    How little he cares for the so-called “essential” workers (who he’s glad to allow to be on the front lines with poverty wage crumbs to keep them alive and toiling)

    As a small business, I’ve willingly made sacrifices and it’s been a hard year. Last March, I had a thriving business. This March, I am grateful to be still here and making a living at my work.

    I am angry.

    And all the marginalized communities who will pay the price for this? I could go on and on, but we already all know about who pays for this kind of stupidity, and it’s not the wealthy and connected who can get the best care and who don’t live crammed in small apartments here in Austin, small apartments that MAY NOT EVEN HAVE WATER YET!

    I am scared.

    What will happen to us all?

    The only saving grace is the swift response from so many local businesses that state unequivocally that they will continue to require masks.

    Austin is trying. I think a lot of cities will try. But this is a blow, and I hope that it is not a death blow, especially when we are still reeling from the storm.

    Abbott is a disgrace and I hope that the stain of shame and guilt for what he is doing to us follows him eternally.

    • HoofRat says:

      As a resident of Texas North, I can completely understand your frustration and demoralization; our idiot Premier has just relaxed restrictions, even though vaccination has barely started here. As furious and discouraged as I am, I need to hang in there and keep fighting. Prayers that we’ll both be lucky enough to get rid of these feckless psychopaths in the next elections.

    • chinchilla queen says:

      I live in Austin too, and am horrified and furious about Abbott’s insane bullshit. I don’t know ANYONE in Texas who has managed to get vaccinated! I turned 73 three weeks ago and the next day got Covid symptoms–and days later had to go to the ER, where I tested positive. I was terrified because I’m ancient, live alone, and have diabetes plus 3 other major physical problems. Next day my power went out for 4 days and my house stayed at 48 degrees for 6 days because it turned out my furnace needed repair. My phone was dead and all my relatives thought I was too. My daughter in Los Angeles finally called the cops to check on me. Yet I was lucky! My Covid wasn’t severe. There was enough food for me and my cats. I had hot water the whole time, and none of my pipes burst. I’m out of quarantine now, double-masking as usual, and sad that I’m not eligible to move to Canada. Sorry for the rant! But Abbott, Cruz, and Cornyn really ARE trying to kill us off.

      • Teebee says:

        I am so glad you’re okay. What a veritable storm of awful things! I cannot imagine what you and your fellow citizens that do not condone such reckless governing are going through! Sending ❤️.

  4. Tx_mom says:

    I’m a Houstonian. We have the largest medical canter in the world, and our ICU bed use is still at emergency levels, and have been for MONTHS (currently 90 additional ICU beds have been added). I feel so bad for all our nurses.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      My partner is a surgeon at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is furious about this because he has seen firsthand how insidious Covid is. We are both terrified about how many people will die unnecessarily as a result of this stupidity.

  5. Kebbie says:

    This is so infuriating. We’re so f***ing close to getting ahead of this thing but our governor needs to deflect from killing Texans two weeks ago so he does this. Truly a POS. And now HEB has said they’re no longer going to require masks. Never thought I’d say it, but I’m done with HEB.

    • Steph says:

      Same here Kebbie. I love HEB and I’m so sad to give it up. But it’s just unconscionable to subject their workers to the unmasked. And no words for our POS governor who I’m sure has been vaccinated, unlike the essential workers he just put further at risk.

    • Ann says:

      HEB?! I can’t believe that! I’m truly shocked. I don’t shop there, because there is a Randalls right by me and though it’s not a great grocery store, it’s convenient. They had better require masks, ugh. I will order Instacart from HEB but I feel badly sending someone in there to get me groceries. This is horrible.

      • Steph says:

        Randalls and Kroger aren’t requiring masks either. I guess I’m switching to Sprouts?

      • sassafras says:

        My local Kroger (in Dallas) isn’t requiring them. Call HQ and then take your dollars to Costco and Trader Joe’s. (And what’s Walmart doing? My Walmart was the strictest during lockdown)

      • bosandi says:

        Whoa wait a minute…HEB…et tu, HEB??? We are truly living in hell.

  6. Miranda says:

    I’m so sorry for all the Texans who have been doing everything right, and are still constantly put in danger by their petulant toddler politicians and selfish fellow citizens. I’m sure they’re making excuses about how lifting the mask mandate and allowing restaurants to fully reopen is about reviving the economy, but they don’t really give a shit about that. This is nothing but a middle finger to a Democratic President, Senate, and House. A tantrum that will kill thousands more Texans, with many or most of them likely to be Black or brown. But I guess that’s just a bonus to Republicans like Abbott.

    • LillyfromLillooet says:

      @Miranda

      Girl, same.

      Here to say to all the Texans weighing in, we hear you and just as I contributed to Amy McGrath’s campaign against Mitch, I pledge to give money to the Democratic gubernatorial candidate (let me know if I can do that already) in solidarity with you (y’all).

      • Pusspants says:

        @Lilly I’m with you. I live in Philly but I will pledge to donate to whoever runs against Abbott next election. What he’s doing to people, especially POC and other marginalized groups in his state, is unconscionable.

  7. Aeren says:

    I am bracing myself for my MAGAt clients who were already being difficult when it came to mask wearing to start absolutely terrorizing my staff. I am exhausted after the winter storm, contracting Covid earlier this year and having had one of my kids hospitalized with Covid as well. This is unbelievable.

    • Pusspants says:

      Oh Aeren, I’m so incredibly sorry for all the difficulty you have experienced as a result of the mismanagement of your state. It makes me angry that good people who do the right thing are the ones being punished by bad policy. Reading this thread has inspired me to make a donation to a charity supporting small businesses in TX. If anyone has a suggestion for a specific charity, please let me know.

  8. Giddy says:

    Yes, our governor is a fool and there is nothing we can do about it until Nov. of 2022 when he is up for re-election. My friends and I spent yesterday afternoon busily calling and emailing the governor’s office our very negative views on his lifting of Covid restrictions. Sample: when your governor thinks that Ron DeSantis is a good role model, it’s time for a new governor.

    Everyone in my family has followed the Covid restrictions and suggestions to the letter. My husband and I even spent Thanksgiving and Christmas alone rather than with our children and grandchildren. We listened to the nurse who said that if we got together with family for thanksgiving, we could be in the ICU with her for Christmas. Now our idiot governor comes along and removes all restrictions. He has even threatened to countermand any mayor who attempts to make their city safer by keeping the mask restrictions etc. . This is more of what the Republicans like to think of as their pro-business agenda, but it’s really just anti-science. I am depressed.

    I hope and pray that Beto challenges Governor Abbott in 2022. With no term limits in Texas we could be stuck with Abbott for a very long time if the Democrats don’t come out swinging!

    • Southern Fried says:

      Not from Texas but will do everything in our power to get Beto elected, money, calls, texts, letters, whatever.

      • Carmella says:

        I would love for Beto to challenge Abbott but I heard his political ratings are still high in Texas. He is more likable than Cruz. Beto is a civil servant at heart and will surely serve Texas to the best of his ability but it might be a long, uphill battle for him unless more people in Texas wised up.

        On another note, I guess this is what CDC is telling us that cases will increase again because of states opening up. They said from mid-March to April we will see another surge. Good luck Texas. Stay safe!

      • TeamAwesome says:

        Mid March to April is also prime time to feel the effects of Spring Break. Some schools have cancelled it, but not all.

  9. SarahCS says:

    How do they not understand that this will cos business MORE overall because of more people getting sick, mutations, covid being prevalent for longer.

    Or do they just not care? Scoring political points matters more I guess.

    Also, how on earth did wearing a mask become a political statement??? I’m still gobsmacked by that turn of events. People really do want to set the world on fire right now don’t then. Ugh.

  10. Mina_Esq says:

    This is unconscionable. I don’t envy you for the tantrums that you will witness over the next few months from grown people not wanting to listen to businesses that will likely still want to have customers wear masks.
    I’m so sad for all the Texans that are basically being held hostage by the GOP officials and a small number of MAGA terrorists, intent on infecting everyone and making sure no one has good things anymore.

    • HoofRat says:

      I fear for the lives of the shop owners and service workers who have to confront anti-mask idiots. Why does this sh*tstain of a governor continue to reward and support the most dangerous elements of society?

  11. Lucy says:

    I f**king hate this guy, he is a garbage person. I never use names like that, but there’s no other way. I’m in Dallas and our hospitalization rate is where it was when everything shut down this summer.
    Also, Abbott didn’t get the help we Neff to recover from the storm. The national guard and military were never called in, because politics.
    It’s like he’s trying to see how many people can pointlessly die after a vaccine is available.
    We need that national voting law passed so there’s a chance of unscrewing everything.

  12. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    My uncle died 3 weeks ago from COVID. My cousin’s 5-year-old grandson had COVID and developed MIS-C. He was airlifted to Cooks the day after we buried my uncle. Thankfully, he responded to treatment and was just released a couple of days ago. It really does feel like our reps are trying to kill us.

  13. Jess says:

    This genuinely shocked me, I can’t believe he’s flat out going against all the advice. It’s going to cause a spike and more people will die because of his jacked up priorities. The scary thing is I’m in Alabama and I see a shit ton of people on my feed praising him and hoping our governor does the same.

    • TeamAwesome says:

      Jess, I am also in Alabama, teaching at a college that has been back in person since Monday. My colleagues and I are still doing the rounds of vaccinations. If Mee Maw lifts the bare minimum mask mandate it will be a cluster cuss.

  14. Case says:

    Vaccines are here and the end is in sight. In the last few months of this year, let’s ruin everything by creating another massive spike! Great logic there.

    I’m so so sorry to Texans who now have to worry about safely going to work or running errands. I hope businesses stand their ground and continue mask mandates.

  15. Size Does Matter says:

    I’m still speechless. Open the f-ing businesses, fine, whatever. People can still choose not to go (except for the employees). BUT KEEP THE MASK MANDATE. Your mask protects me; my mask protects you. It’s not fair to those of us trying to stay safe!

    • Jess says:

      This exactly, people still don’t understand this concept a year into it. And you know exactly what kind of people won’t be wearing masks…the same ones who refuse to get vaccinated, and they don’t bother social distancing either, so they will get everyone sick.

      • Anna says:

        I never really watched The Walking Dead but this sounds to me like the script of that except for real. These people are like zombies, diseased and ready to kill. When the kids said the world would end in a zombie apocalypse, it sounded like funny sci-fi but this kind of thing, you start to wonder…

    • sassafras says:

      Last I checked, a mask on my face doesn’t stop me from spending money. The two have nothing to do with each other, in fact. If DISNEY WORLD can require masks and Texas can’t? Then our Governor LITERALLY is worse than Mickey Mouse.

  16. chimes@midnight says:

    Here’s me with that one meme from We’re the Millers… “You guys had a state mandate?”

    In SC, our governor, Henry ‘Disaster’ McMaster has staunchly refused to issue any state direction for masks. The county I live in repealed their months ago. The city I live near in that county just *extended* their mask ordinance. So if you’re in city limits, mask required. Outside city limits, no mask required except by businesses. And then if you drive 15 minutes, you hit a different county and I don’t know what the rules are there currently.

    I wear a mask everywhere anyway, but it is confusing AF.

  17. Lena says:

    As a Texan I am ticked off. It’s obvious this trumplican is taking Trumps political dodge of changing the subject from one outrage to another so they all get drowned out. He’s going back to the days of making masks optional where all the right will definitely not be wearing Jack & sneering at those that do. It will make it impossible to keep our grocery workers (or any public workers for that matter) safe. This because 10 percent have one shot and those are mostly the elderly who didn’t go out anyway.

  18. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Texas. Texas. Texas. Born and raised here, and, hand to God, if we could move…… Our fucknutufied governor is a colossal selfish moron.

  19. Mel says:

    Don’t just get mad, get organized and VOTE HIM OUT! I’m not from Texas but I’ll gladly donate to support that effort.

  20. Marigold says:

    Living in Texas as a progressive democrat is just exhausting. If a republican has a choice between a good, neutral or bad choice, they will always choose the bad option. If there are several bad options, they will choose the absolute worst one. Every time. Every. Single. Time.

    Living in an America where people like Trump are never punished is exhausting. I wish I had options to leave. But then, probably better to stay and fight.

  21. lolalola3 says:

    Abbott is a disgusting slug. His threats against the city of Austin, his bullying, his refusal to accept funds for Obamacare–then crumbling when his state couldn’t afford it on their own…he is a brainless idiot just playing to the Trump seats.

    Oh and let’s not forget his whole-hearted support of “tort reform” AFTER he gets a huge cash setllement that would have been impossible under tort reform limits. He is the grossest example of “I got Mine. The rest of you are F*ucked.”

  22. psl says:

    I just want to say I feel for all of you in Texas and Mississippi. We have plenty of anti-maskers and people who want to recall Newsom, they see Abbott and DeSantis as examples of good. But that is mostly in Orange County. Thank goodness most people here have the sense to listen to the scientists. Or at least it seems that way.

  23. Kristin says:

    Another Dallasite here. This is unbelievable. My boyfriend works at a grocery store and he said already yesterday afternoon many masks were off. Not that people were good about it before and his store never enforced it so there were always a few, but still, this is only going to encourage more of these selfish idiots to proudly show what horrible people they are. I am one of the fortunate ones who works from home and I will be going NOWHERE that doesn’t 100% require masking until the pandemic is over (knock on wood we ever get there). I guess that “opening back up the economy” thing isn’t going to go so well when anyone with common sense will choose to stay home. I just feel so horrible for all the people who don’t have that luxury (including my boyfriend). It’s bad enough that you have to be out there in the public, working to survive, but now this? Again, unbelievable. I only hope we can successfully fight our way through all the voter suppression and gerrymandering to get Beto or some other democrat who actually cares about people into office this next round or we may just drown in corruption. I hope all my fellow Texans have contacted the “governor’s” (aka: POS’s) office to let him know exactly what they think of his BS. I. know it’s a lot like yelling into the wind, but I yell a lot of things into the wind (aka: Cruz, Cornyn, and Lance Gooden – another one of our ridiculous “representatives” who I get outrageous emails from). It’s amazing there are so many shitty people in the world.

    • Ann says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. Hope your boyfriend stays safe. I found out that the two grocery stores I use the most here in Houston (HEB and Randalls) will not be requiring masks except for the employees. Now, in my area I kind of think most people will keep wearing them anyway. Even Republicans that I know, because better safe than sorry and they want to be good neighbors. But I am sure more than enough will start strolling around mask-less breathing on me, so I won’t be going there any more.

  24. Sandra says:

    Between sacrificing Texans’ lives by doing this to cover up for the Texans who froze to death a couple of weeks ago, putting Texans in general and front line workers in danger of contracting the virus, and putting business owners who will have to face idiots who will get violent over not wanting to follow their rules if they enforce restrictions in their own businesses….how is this not genocide?

  25. Darlene says:

    I live in Texas, and I am INCANDESCENT with rage at Abbott. He is a MORON. He’s had his vaccination, but something like only 10% of the rest of Texas has. He wants to actively kill everyone who didn’t vote for him and he’s trying to distract us from the fact that I have friends who STILL DON’T HAVE RUNNING WATER AFTER MORE THAN TWO WEEKS. They are still flushing their toilets with buckets that they have to get from neighbors. Still.

    So eff this guy. I will vote against him as many times as it takes to get him out of office.

  26. Liz version 700 says:

    He’s a sociopath. He is fine with killing people to take focus off of his political failures. My God what a soulless individual

  27. Bre says:

    Spring break is coming up. He just wants to open up so every college student can spend their money here in Texas.

    • Juniper says:

      They canceled spring break where I attend school. The new term starts the week after finals. Now that I see Texas’ BS, I’m kind of glad.

  28. Moo says:

    Why is he allowed to murder people? he’ll kill the Texans who don’t wear masks. He’ll kill the Texans who wear masks. He’ll kill people in other states who are infected by infected Texans who travel. Something is very wrong when our leaders are allowed to make decisions guaranteed to kill many people in order to serve business interests.

  29. Annabelle says:

    As a Texan, I’d like to say our governor is full of cr@p. I cannot wait to vote his sorry rear end out of office. I and my family are making it our personal mission.

  30. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Native born and raised Texan here…I just cannot with this. I just cannot. Just when my hometown of San Antonio was starting to get the tiniest grip on the covid…the former and current mayors have absolutely BLASTED abbott on tv calling him irresponsible.
    In case it isn’t abundantly clear, abbott is gearing up for re-election.

  31. Jumpingthesnark says:

    Abbott and Paxton etc are the worst!! All about the $$$$ with spring break coming up. I fully expect these grifters to start whining “but her emails” in 3….2….1…,

  32. Veronica S. says:

    If anything good comes out of the last five years shit show, it’s that maybe the sideseat driving liberals will get off their couches and start taking the wheel on progressiveness somewhere other than Twitter. I’m sorry that it took 500K dying for more people to wake the hell up to how much these people really don’t care about the lives of their own citizens, but the best time to get involved was twenty years ago. The next best time is today. We’re just unfortunately reaping the spoiled fruit of voter suppression and youth apathy in the ugliest way possible.

  33. Beech says:

    I live in NM fewer than 40 minutes from TX. I worry about a new strain coming from our neighbor. NM became a state in 1912 and our first lieutenant governor said this about TX. “Poor NM, so far from Heaven, so close to TX.”

  34. Ladiabla says:

    I’m in Dallas and so angry and scared over this. I had covid in Dec which turned into two separate hospital stays. Thankfully, I am back home and lucky enough to work from home. Dr wants me to wait another couple months to get vaccinated, so I can have some distance from all this. I know the republicans in TX have always been shit, but man this past year they have really shown their asses. I feel for all the medical professionals who will have to deal with the fallout from these idiots’ decisions. For all the essential workers risking exposure from all the Karens and Chads feeling oh-so-triumphant cause they don’t have to wear a mask anymore 🙄. If we’re fortunate enough not to get sick and die, let’s just ratchet up all the anxiety we’re having just to make a trip to the grocery store, amirite assholes-in-charge? I’m with some of the other posters. If I had any options, I would been gone yesterday.

  35. lisa taylor says:

    Unreal

  36. lisa taylor says:

    Poor Texas

  37. DizzyLizzy says:

    Dallas HS teacher here. My principal is amazing and will not allow the kids to go maskless, but that battle can only be successfully fought for so long. Abbott couldn’t have waited for 3 days to get us to Spring Break and come up with some distance and time to think? Teachers have FINALLY have been prioritized to get vaccinated, but it is all thanks to Joe Biden. My district is low income, high minority and we have so many kiddos that haven’t returned from the storms bc they are helping their families by working or watching siblings or STILL have water, WiFi and power issues (not to mention no access to the vaccine). But hey! Abbott got his vaccine so as for the rest of us he DNGAF. Pray for us Friends, the Republithugs are trying to kill us all in a big way and it’s terrifying. 🙏🏻🇨🇱#betoforgovernor