Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reopened the state "100 percent" this week, despite COVID-19 continuing to run through the state killing thousands. The news came as President Joe Biden revealed that there will be enough coronavirus vaccinations to inoculate every American by the end of May.
When asked about states like Texas and Mississippi reopening, Biden called it "neanderthal thinking," which triggered Gov. Abbott.
Taking to Fox News, Abbott complained falsely that Biden was spreading COVID because he is letting immigrants come flooding over the border. The logic prompted many to question Abbott, who reopened the state where thousands more are testing positive each day all over the state.
I understand this is a tit-for-tat partisan fight, but worth noting the irrationality of declaring that Covid is no… https://t.co/MyXvLdfs0Q— Mike Hixenbaugh (@Mike Hixenbaugh) 1614869426.0
If Abbott was correct that migrants were causing COVID in south Texas, the infections would be in South Texas. Instead, the spikes are coming from metropolitan areas like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and in parts of the panhandle.
The absurdity caused many to flock to Twitter blaming Abbott for trying to distract from his own failings and blame others for irresponsible leadership.
Meanwhile, Texas might be open, but Abbott hasn't reopened tours to the Governor's Mansion.
I thought Texas was 100% open, @GregAbbott_TX? https://t.co/PkkQ5r4nh3— (((Leeeeeeeeeeee)))🌹🏴 (@(((Leeeeeeeeeeee)))🌹🏴) 1614870169.0
See their comments below:
Joe is right: this is Neanderthal bull shit “let's take our masks off because woo, freedom!" Dumb ass MF thinking t… https://t.co/gsmov0WnTs— Justin Horwitz (@Justin Horwitz) 1614812022.0
@GregAbbott_TX Greg Abbott has to be the worst and most stupid governor ever he really thinks like a Neanderthal an… https://t.co/ISRzOR8VNN— romero_r23 (@romero_r23) 1614872158.0
Biden chastised Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Tate Reeves of Mississippi for relaxing restrictions, calling it "Ne… https://t.co/ZGQropRZA3— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1614813717.0
@prchovanec 1. Obviously stung by Biden's "Neanderthal" comment. 2. Equally obvious pre-scapegoating for any rise i… https://t.co/tXDdqw5oBo— Doug Thompson (@Doug Thompson) 1614871357.0
@atrupar I see Abbott is doubling down on his Neanderthal thinking.— Sam Houston's Ghost (@Sam Houston's Ghost) 1614871342.0
Not a lot of subtlety re how @GregAbbott_TX is running: blame power failures on renewables, COVID on undocumented,… https://t.co/7yUg3mpidz— Ronald Brownstein (@Ronald Brownstein) 1614870469.0
After removing the limited safeguards Texas had in place to mitigate the spread of COVID by getting rid of mask man… https://t.co/QWyGQo85oh— Matt Rogers 🗳 (@Matt Rogers 🗳) 1614867866.0
Wondering when the governors of Texas and Mississippi are planning to lift seat belt laws and speed limits. Also st… https://t.co/TBcdcJjZTD— Ruth Marcus (@Ruth Marcus) 1614865628.0
Opinion | @kavitapmd: Gov. Abbott has purposefully injected a new infection in Texas in the form of irresponsible p… https://t.co/YSO74zwGBr— The ReidOut (@The ReidOut) 1614863464.0
Imagine being offended by "neanderthal" when Trump was calling women horseface from the oval office, Republicans are too funny.— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole) 1614871710.0
@GregAbbott_TX & @tedcruz : “we’re totally here for y’all during the deadly winter storm & pandemic” https://t.co/uwZrBZJhzV— KB (@KB)1614869495.0
The GOP playbook: Blame undocumented migrants regardless of the facts. The real threat to Texans is @GregAbbott_TX https://t.co/7X30nnoa5Q— Mark Elliott (@Mark Elliott) 1614870611.0
I agree there's no room for neanderthal thinking. I stand with President Joe Biden. Who's with me?— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino) 1614814029.0
Governor Abbott blames undocumented immigrants for the spread of Covid. Governor Abbott opened Texas and removed… https://t.co/Jbl2hVNQgV— Outspoken (@Outspoken) 1614868968.0
@ryanstruyk Sure and then the struggling business owners have to risk violence if they want to enforce mask rules a… https://t.co/e8liHDs3S3— 2021, A New Hope 🇺🇸🥂🎉 (@2021, A New Hope 🇺🇸🥂🎉) 1614870704.0
I just called & left a message with Gov Greg Abbott expressing my opposition to lifting of the mask mandate. I enco… https://t.co/apo5lRy3RY— David V. Yancey 🇺🇸 ☮️ (@David V. Yancey 🇺🇸 ☮️) 1614870932.0
Say this was true. It's not, but for the sake of argument, let's say it is. Shouldn't Texas prioritize the vaccin… https://t.co/rsv1ABeiKn— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) 1614870713.0
@janeknowsshit I spend a few moments everyday smiling while imaging abbott rolling downhill into traffic. 😊💙— imjustagirl (@imjustagirl) 1614869731.0
Greg Abbott has jinxed San Antonio. We went four days without a death from the virus and yesterday...six people died. 😩— KT (@KT) 1614870155.0
@Myrmecos I think one needs a conscience to resign. Unfortunately, Abbott doesn't seem to have any— Zenith Tandukar (@Zenith Tandukar) 1614870455.0
@BritishPodcast Yes! The coming surge in cases can be -er- will be blamed on Biden's hoard of infected immigrants.… https://t.co/4Fqwrww7qw— Bibliofishy 🖖 (@Bibliofishy 🖖) 1614871193.0
ERCOT v. Greg Abbott to see who can kill the most Texans in a month— coolton (@coolton) 1614870490.0