During an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News this Monday, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said that he's willing to bet there's plenty of senior citizens in America who would be willing to risk contracting COVID-19 if it meant getting the economy back on track.
Patrick said that he, as a senior citizen himself, would be "willing to take a chance" on his survival "in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves" for his children and grandchildren, adding that people he's talked to say the same thing.
The interview went viral and plenty of critics weighed in with reactions, including former FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan, who suggested Patrick's sentiment isn't unlike the "suicidal death cults" he's dealt with in the past.
"I dealt with suicidal cults before," he tweeted. "I encountered people who are willing to die for their faith, ideology, race, etc. But, I never encountered anyone who is willing to die for someone else’s 401k. This is a whole new level of craziness."
I dealt with suicidal cults before. I encountered people who are willing to die for their faith, ideology, race, et… https://t.co/roaQG0CrCu— Ali H. Soufan (@Ali H. Soufan)1585053339.0