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Texas Lt. Governor calls for reopening economy: ‘There are more important things than living’

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During an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show this Monday, the lieutenant governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, doubled down on previous comments where he said returning the state to work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is worth risking people’s lives.

Parts of Texas are reopening this week in the wake of the economic devastation brought by the lockdowns, and Patrick told Carlson that he was right all along.

“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,” he added.

Patrick questioned the data surrounding the virus’ toll, saying that “we have the wrong numbers, the wrong science,” adding that “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.”

“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 declared.

“I don’t want to die, nobody wants to die — but man, we have got to take some risk and get back in the game and get this country back up and running.”

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