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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said point-blank late Tuesday that he’s done listening to beloved media star National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and his habitually wrong predictions and recommendations.
He made the statement while speaking with Fox News host Laura Ingraham about disparaging remarks made by Fauci this week to Congress in which he’d trashed Texas for allegedly “skipping” over certain reopening steps and not extending its lockdown.
“Fauci said today that he’s concerned about states like Texas that skipped over certain things. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. We haven’t skipped over anything. The only thing I’m skipping over is listening to him,” Patrick said.
“You have a lot of doctors on your show. From day one, your doctors have been right almost every time, and he has been wrong every time on every issue. I don’t need his advice anymore. We’ll listen to a lot of science, we’ll listen to a lot of doctors and Gov. Abbott, myself and other state leaders will make the decision. No thank you, Dr. Fauci.”
Listen via Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle“:
As COVID cases surge, TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick says he will no longer listen to Anthony Fauci: “I don’t need his advice anymore” pic.twitter.com/8w6mdCpLhN
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) July 1, 2020
He also pushed back on the patently false claim from left-wing media critics that Texas has somehow become worse than New York vis-à-vis the coronavirus pandemic.
“Reality is a lot different. We’ve had 2,424 people die, and New York has had over 31,000. Even California has had almost three times as much as Texas,” Patrick said.
“And remember, those two states have been locked down the whole time while we’ve been open. So locking down doesn’t work. If it did, those two states would be doing better than Texas.”
Based on the media’s coverage of COVID-19 this week, which state do you think had the most reported coronavirus deaths today – Florida, Texas or New York? Note: New York has the smallest population.
Answer: New York (45) – compared to Florida (37) and Texas (31).
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) June 26, 2020
coronavirus death rates per 100,000 population:
New York 161
but sure, blame “Trump!” and “Republican Governors!” for “the worst” outbreaks “by far!”
establishment media = divisive hate-filled charlatans
— steve hilton (@SteveHiltonx) June 29, 2020
The media have also been falsely claiming that Texas has surpassed its ICU capacity. But according to Patrick, “It’s just the media misreporting information.”
“We have 7,177 ICU beds in Texas, and today, of those beds, about 1,500 out of 7,177 are COVID patients, so it’s about 25 percent of the people in the ICU. Most people in the ICU are not there because of COVID,” he said.
Similarly, the media have been touting high coronavirus test positives (while ignoring increased testing) and high coronavirus hospitalizations (while ignoring that most hospitalizations pertain to non-COVID illnesses).”
“We had a record high today in cases, we had a record high today in hospitalizations, but in our deaths over the last three days, we’ve had 58 deaths. Every life’s important, but that’s less than 20 a day,” the lieutenant governor said.
Plus, according to the top executive of an emergency room chain based out of Texas, the vast majority of actual coronavirus hospitalizations have involved mild symptoms:
Wondering what’s really happening in Texas? Here’s the email, from a senior executive at a Texas ER chain that sees thousands of patients a month. He went on the record – a brave move. I’m going to let him speak for himself. (Two tweets of screenshots. Worth reading to the end.) pic.twitter.com/4xuBdTIFIc
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) June 30, 2020
Final screenshot. pic.twitter.com/E5cAMJOjwl
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) June 30, 2020
The pushback by Patrick came several hours after Fauci testified before Congress.
“[I]n Florida, Texas, California, and Arizona, more than 50 percent of the new infections are in those areas where we’re seeing surges. … We’ve got to make sure that when states start to try and open again, they need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out, with regard to checkpoints,” he said during his testimony.
“What we’ve seen in several states are different iterations of that, perhaps maybe in some, going too quickly and skipping over some of the checkpoints.”
Fauci: “I am also quite concerned about what we are seeing evolve right now in several states … they need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out with regard to [reopening] checkpoints … in some, they’re going too quickly & skipping over some.” pic.twitter.com/C4iwL4mFtW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 30, 2020
Have you heard the riddle about what came first — the chicken or the egg? The same basic concept seems to apply here, in that it’s unclear if Fauci is reaching these false conclusions based on the propaganda he consumes from the media, or whether the media is basing its own propaganda on the false conclusions from Fauci.
Either way, the facts belie the fear-mongering narrative he’s been pushing since day one, with more and more evidence emerging daily that the left’s beloved lockdowns were a massive failure that shattered the economy for a disease with a recovery rate estimated to be between 97 percent and 99.75 percent.
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