Texas pol who suggested grandparents willing to die from COVID tests positive

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Dan Patrick, the Texas lieutenant governor who once suggested elderly Americans were willing to die of COVID-19 in order to save the economy, now has the virus himself.

Patrick, who’s been a critic of government shutdowns and other efforts to stop the spread of the disease, is recovering at his Houston home after testing positive, his campaign said Monday. 

His campaign says his symptoms are mild and he intends to return to his regular schedule next week after testing negative for COVID-19.

The 71-year-old politician, a grandfather of seven, drew ire in March 2020 after suggesting shutdowns should be avoided at any cost — even if it meant lost lives.

“As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in,” said Patrick during a FOX News interview.

“You’re basically saying that this disease could take your life, but that’s not the scariest thing to you,” pressed FOX News host Tucker Carlson. “There’s something that would be worse than dying?

Patrick has been a frequent critic of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
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Patrick explained other grandparents would be willing to make the same sacrifice in order to keep the country running.

He previously said he was vaccinated. 

The politician, who is currently running for re-election, backed a Texas lawsuit filed in October against the federal government for requiring federal workers to be vaccinated.

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