Greg Abbott's Head-Scratching, Anti-Science Decision To End The Texas Mask Mandate - Cnnpolitics

Greg Abbott's Head-Scratching, Anti-Science Decision To End The Texas Mask Mandate - Cnnpolitics

Analysis: Greg Abbott's head-scratching, anti-science decision to end the Texas mask mandate

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's move to drop the state's mask mandate and allow all businesses to open at 100% capacity seems entirely motivated by politics rather than public health | Analysis by @ChrisCillizza

3/3/2021 5:59:00 PM

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's move to drop the state's mask mandate and allow all businesses to open at 100% capacity seems entirely motivated by politics rather than public health | Analysis by ChrisCillizza

As coronavirus case across the country are dropping, cases in Texas actually increased by 5% over the last two weeks, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University. Which makes this a very odd time for Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to do what he did on Tuesday.

"Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities," Abbott said. "Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%." What Abbott meant by 100% is this: He is dropping the state's mask mandate and allowing all businesses to open at 100% capacity beginning March 10. He justified those moves by noting that 5.7 million Covid-19 vaccine shots have been given in the state and that Texans have"mastered the daily habits to avoid getting Covid."Uh, what?Abbott's move seems entirely motivated by politics rather than public health. Doctors and public health experts continue to warn that letting down our guard -- and our masks -- at this point is a major mistake. While vaccinations are on the rise, we remain a long way from herd immunity. (Less than 7% of Texans are fully vaccinated.) And the precipitous drop in cases over the last month or so has quite clearly plateaued even as the number of tests has declined -- two indicators that suggest we are not out of the woods just yet.Read MoreWe've also been here before. Last spring and early summer, Texas and other states controlled by Republican governors dropped strict stay-at-home orders and others measured designed to inhibit the spread of Covid-19 when their states did not show large numbers of cases. What happened? Cases, hospitalizations and, eventually, deaths soared.(More than 44,000 Texans have died from the virus, behind only California and New York.) .duval-3{width:100%;position: relative; border: 1px solid #979797; border-left: none; border-right: none;padding: 20px 0; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0 0 20px 0; max-width: 660px;} .duval-3 a{color: #1a1a1a; text-decoration: none;font-size: 0;} .duval-3 a:hover { color: #d9d9d9; text-decoration: underline; -moz-text-decoration-color: #d9d9d9; text-decoration-color: #d9d9d9; } .duval-3>a>*{vertical-align: top; display: inline-block;} .duval-3>a>div{display: inline-block; font-size:1.0666667rem;width: 80%; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 2%;} .duval-3>a>img{width: 18%; height: auto;} @media screen and (max-width:640px){ .duval-3>a>*{display:block; margin: auto;} .duval-3>a>div{width: 100%;} .duval-3>a>img{width: 50%;} } THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE!

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ChrisCillizza Well this is rather dumb. It’s actually called life and allowing ppl to make the best decision for them for their family and for their business. Pretty simple. ChrisCillizza This is stupid. He needs to be help accountable for any and all Covid deaths that will happen ChrisCillizza Texas Governor: Stop Greg Abbott from eliminating the mask mandate & opening TX at 100% - Sign the Petition! via Change

ChrisCillizza Great governor and the opinion host here is the political advocate for Democrats ChrisCillizza I don’t know about you all I’m going to continue to wear face coverings and drinking plenty of coffee to stay sane 🤙🏼👊🏼 OSS ChrisCillizza Increased death should be chalked up on his rap sheet as man slaughter, claim with a custodial sentence should be applied for each of the deaths and spike in infection and deaths. He’s proposing killing people on his watch, dereliction of duty.

ChrisCillizza SillyWhiteMan ! ✨✌🏾✨ ChrisCillizza OMG..! ChrisCillizza Guess they believe in living free or death. Their choice. ChrisCillizza Don't you people believe in PRO-CHOICE Wear or Don't. ChrisCillizza Keep track of the people of color that contract and die! ChrisCillizza Duh! ChrisCillizza I'm starting to wonder if republican leaders are trying to intentionally sabotage the covid response for Biden so that they can blame him for it later.

ChrisCillizza Darwin Award recipients: Texas edition 😂😂 ChrisCillizza This headline is hysterical... so he’s the one being politically motivated 😆 blind ChrisCillizza Definitely time for restricted state-to-state travel. What incubates in Texas, can stay in Texas! ChrisCillizza Just because your governor does not care about you, and defy all the science putting you at risk, does not mean that you can’t be sensible. Take responsibility for your well-being by following the science, until you can get a vaccine.

ChrisCillizza GregAbbott_TX cares about money, trump and himself ... what a fart waffle ChrisCillizza Looks like another challenge like in a chessboard put by his master the one and only “BIG LIAR”. Wait for the TV 📺 ratings on FOX 🦊 FAKE NEWS NETWORK ChrisCillizza And all the efforts that the Biden Administration is trying to do to stem this pandemic will be obliterated by Texans just because they don't like Democrats

ChrisCillizza How foolish!😡 ChrisCillizza ChrisCillizza Greg Abbott, you are a horrible person. ChrisCillizza Gov Grid Crash over here, telling you to take your mask off folks. What we need to face this? Trust. Unfortunately, these RWers have spent the last 30 yrs ripping the social fabric to shreds for fun & profit. To say nothing of their actual policy record. SO sorry-no trust 🤷‍♂️

ChrisCillizza 👍👍👍 ChrisCillizza Sure it is- same way that hundreds of illegals tested Covid positive are crossing the border! Cover both sides if you want to be a legit news source! ChrisCillizza THE TEXSAS COVID MASSACRES coming to your city... build that wall. ChrisCillizza What we got here folks is a 100% idiot!

ChrisCillizza So Abbott freezes TEXANS now he's signed a death warrant for Texas! SERIOUSLY this is INCOMPETENCE! UNACCEPTABLE! AbbottFailedTexas AbbottResign ChrisCillizza Republican Governors are in a race to see who can be the biggest idiot. Abbott just passed DeSantis but it's going to be close. It's natural for them, you can't teach stupid. GregAbbott_TX GovRonDeSantis

ChrisCillizza Ya know, just because some thoughtless governor gives you permission, doesn't mean you have to do what he says. Keep your masks on, for your own sake as the people you care about. And vote for better people from now on. friendlyadvice ChrisCillizza Politics? More like desperation ChrisCillizza Lols. He is the governor of his state and knows best. The pandemic generally has been politicized from the onset.

ChrisCillizza People can still CHOOSE to wear a mask. You make it sound like he is outlawing them. ChrisCillizza He would rather see Texans suffer and die than do the right thing. Perhaps he is stupid? ChrisCillizza 🤡clown show🤡 ChrisCillizza Stooge! ChrisCillizza someone explain how these idiots get into office

ChrisCillizza Possibly, but the same could be said of the teachers unions that are refusing to teach in-person. Time will tell. Texas gives an extraordinary opportunity that will either be disastrous or a massive success. I hope for the latter. ChrisCillizza Abbot received $6Million when he went jogging in a strong wind following a storm a a tree branch fell on him. Can Texans sue the state should they fall ill due to Abbott’s recklessness in ignoring the pandemic?

ChrisCillizza Death by politics, so sad! ChrisCillizza I didn't believe this post at first since CNN is fake news. But it is correct, texas is open thank goodness hopefully the rest of US will follow and maybe make our schools BETTER so people understand science and immune systems and how masks, lockdowns, and vaccines don't work

ChrisCillizza Time to go back to work.😅🤣 ChrisCillizza Ya think? Motivated by 'politics'? Wow. That would be a first wouldn't it? ChrisCillizza Very Tr*mpy of him. ChrisCillizza Fooking Nuts^^ Not only Germany needs Denazification laws Texas ChrisCillizza Good job ChrisCillizza Bravo: it’s long past time to reclaim our freedom! Far too long we have allowed this to control our lives.... too much has been lost and still too many have died here. Let’s try it the right way! Continuing as normal. Show them how it should have been done!

ChrisCillizza If you can’t freeze your people to death kill them with a virus. And right before spring break. Expect Galveston and the hill country to be a shit show. ChrisCillizza Gotta suck that political dick. Seems like they really like it too. ChrisCillizza Abbott has to go along with the Santos and the lunatic in Mississippi

ChrisCillizza 🤨 ChrisCillizza No surprise there then! ChrisCillizza You think No shit!!!!!