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Texas Republican Dan Patrick gets hammered for bleak and macabre argument against coronavirus lockdowns

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (Screenshot/YouTube)

Far-right Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has been inundated with criticism for his recent assertion that if more coronavirus deaths is the price that the U.S. has to pay for reopening its economy, so be it. And instead of walking back that assertion, Patrick doubled down on it during an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program.

Social distancing, Patrick stressed to Carlson, is crushing the U.S. economy — and saving lives, Patrick insisted, isn’t the only thing to be concerned about.

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Patrick told Carlson, “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, I was right on this. And I’m thankful that we are now, Tucker, beginning to open up Texas and other states because it’s been long overdue.”

The Texas Republican went on to say, “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. And I don’t want to die. Nobody wants to die. But maybe we’ve got to take some risks and get back in the game — and get this country back up and running.”

Media Matters’ Andrew Lawrence tweeted a clip of Patrick making those assertions, and plenty of Twitter users have been slamming the Texas lieutenant governor.

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@EdKamen posted, “Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick said, ‘There are more important things than living.’ Uh … what are they?” And @RogueSNRadvisor wrote, “Yeah he wants everyone else to take the risks.”

Australia-based Twitter user Suzie Calalesina, @SuzieGabriella, cited Patrick as a prime example of why so many people around the world view U.S. politics as a mess.

“Is this for real???,” Calalesina posted. “In Australia we went into lockdown in March and if our politicians spoke like this they would gone!!! I’m sorry but the US is in worse shape than is thought globally.”

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@660Mary tweeted, “I don’t EVER want to hear another conservative Republican claim to be pro-life! EVER! @LtGovTX.” And @Panos_Iliop wrote, “This is, without a doubt, the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. What are these people on?”

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Trump, Jr denies he is vying to take over the National Rifle Association

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President Donald Trump's eldest son on Tuesday denied reports he is seeking to replace Wayne LaPierre in leading the National Rifle Association (NRA).

"I love and support the NRA and have been a longtime member, but I don’t want Wayne’s job. This story is total fake news," Donald Trump, Jr. posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

He went on to urge his followers to donate to the organization, which is in deep financial distress.

I love and support the @NRA and have been a longtime member, but I don’t want Wayne’s job. This story is total fake news.

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Rudy Giuliani claims Georgia results are ‘PROVEN TO BE A FRAUD’ in cryptic all-caps outburst

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump's attorney and associate Rudy Giuliani tweeted that the election in Georgia is "NOW PROVEN TO BE A FRAUD."

He did not elaborate on what his proof is.

ELECTION IN GEORGIA IS NOW PROVEN TO BE A FRAUD.

— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 3, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden carried Georgia by roughly 13,000 votes. A full statewide recount did not find any notable irregularities in the vote count.

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Bill Barr slammed by ex-solicitor general for abusing special counsel rules: ‘It’s a devious move’

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On Thursday, writing for The New York Times, former Solicitor General Neal Katyal tore into Attorney General William Barr for appointing John Durham, the prosecutor looking into the origins of the Russia investigation, to a special counsel role — arguing that this constitutes a fundamental abuse of special counsel regulations.

"The special counsel regulations, which I drafted in 1999 as a Justice Department staff member, were designed with the idea that some investigations require a person from outside the department to assure the public of sufficient independence," wrote Katyal. "We had in mind circumstances in which, for example, a president was alleged to have engaged in wrongdoing and having his attorney general conduct the investigation could cause a problem with impartiality. That is why they expressly require someone 'outside the United States government' to serve as special counsel. Doing so helps reassure the public of an independent investigation."

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