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‘There are more important things than living’: Texas Lt. Governor says the state is long overdue to reopen


Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is willing to risk his life to get Americans back to work.

“There are more important things than living and that’s saving this country for my children and my grandchildren and saving this country for all of us,” Patrick, 70, said during a visit with Fox News’ host Tucker Carlson Monday.

The comments echoed sentiments he made on Fox News nearly a month ago with the pandemic in full swing.

The Republican politico made clear he doesn’t want to die, but said it’s time “to take some risk and get back in the game and get this country back up and running.”

His boss, governor Gov. Greg Abbott eased some lockdown restrictions last week, according to the Dallas Morning News, which reports state parks will reopen and businesses can offer “retail to go,” while schools will stay closed throughout the end of the school year.

Conservative Texans rallied in Austin Saturday where conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, equipped with a bullhorn, shouted rhetoric about coronavirus being “a bioweapon meant to shut down our economy” and called it a “made-up virus” while shaking hands with supporters.

Patrick told Fox News, which has breathlessly covered rallies to reopen states, that reopening Texas was “long overdue.”

The former sportscaster knows first-hand what it means when money dries up and bills are due.

Patrick reportedly “walked away from about $800,000 in debts” in the 1980s after filing for personal bankruptcy when his Houston-area sports bar chain hit the skids.

He told the Dallas Morning News in 2013 that experience helped “build my conservative roots.”

According to watchdog group Media Matters, Fox News devoted 91 segments to stories about protests to reopen states in the week leading up to Monday, airing six hours or coverage of the demonstrations.

Nearly 19,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Lone Star State, which has a population of 29 million.

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