On Thursday night, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick remarked on Fox News that the nation’s dramatic surge in COVID cases is due to “African-Americans who have not been vaccinated.”
“Democrats want to point the finger at Republicans for this. African-Americans who have not been immunized make up the largest group in most states. “The last time I counted, over 90% of them vote for Democrats in their main towns and counties,” Patrick said on the “Ingraham Angle” show with host Laura Ingraham.
According to the Texas Tribune on Tuesday, the state’s COVID outbreak could be the deadliest in the 18 months since the epidemic began. During the epidemic, more hospitals are reporting a lack of ICU beds than at any other period.
Dr. Mark Casanova, a Dallas doctor and member of the Texas Medical Association’s COVID-19 Task Force, remarked, “We are entering the worst spike in sheer numbers.” “We’re in the fourth round in a fight that should have been three rounds long. We are really concerned that the numbers game may overwhelm us.”
According to state officials, between 93 percent and 98 percent of COVID patients in hospitals are unvaccinated.
However, data from the Texas Department of Health shows that the increase in instances is not being driven by the Black population. Although Black Americans and whites in rural regions in Texas have low immunization rates, whites and Hispanics have the highest coronavirus case rates.
Making a statement that blames a racial or ethnic minority for the spread of sickness is a well-known racist cliche that predates most of us, according to Jorge Caballero, a former instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine who now works as a health data analyst.
“People are already suffering as a result of this epidemic, and it makes no sense to add insult to injury.”
On Twitter, Caballero shared more information regarding the causes of the uptick.
Patrick’s comment has been seen 1.5 million times on YouTube.
“The stories I get from the hospitals in my area are that they are full with unvaccinated white folks who refused the vaccine,” Texas congressional candidate Russell Foster wrote in response to Patrick.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, like several other Republican leaders, has resisted putting in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In reality, Abbott has taken steps to overturn municipal mandates and preserve the rights of those who have not been vaccinated.
Abbott has been vaccinated and stated in a speech earlier this month, “Going ahead, there will be no government-imposed shutdowns or mask mandates in Texas,” Abbott added. “Everyone is aware of the situation.”
Abbott has tested positive for COVID, according to a spokeswoman for the governor’s office.
Patrick made global headlines in March of last year during discussions on the economic impact of the pandemic shutdown on the country when he said that seniors, who are more vulnerable to COVID, should be willing to die in order to keep the economy afloat.
“No one approached me and asked, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to risk your life in order to preserve the America that everyone loves for your children and grandchildren?’” Patrick, who was 69 at the time, stated on Fox News. “And if that’s the deal, I’m on board.”
He continued, He went on to say, “And that doesn’t make me noble or brave or anything like that.” “I really believe there are a lot of grandparents in this nation that are like me… that those youngsters are what we care about and love more than anything else.”