‘#NotDyingForWallStreet’: Twitter rips Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick’s call to sacrifice the elderly for the economy

  • 03/25/2020 10:37 am ET Sabrina Matthews
Grandparents sacrifice for the economy

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Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News “there are lots of grandparents out there in this country like me.”  Grandparents who would be willing to risk their health and perhaps even die to preserve “the America that all America loves” for their grandchildren.

This interview took place after Donald Trump’s comments that ignored health experts and announced that social distancing measures would be lifted soon.

Buoyed by Trump’s return to the open worship of money, Patrick began by asking, ”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.”

Patrick then said, “that doesn’t make me noble or brave or anything like that.”

Twitter users couldn’t agree more. In fact, as far as Twitter is concerned, that proves the opposite—that Dan Patrick is a monster.

1. What #Pro-Life really means

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As a member of the party that consistently touts their position as pro-life, this smells to some of even greater hypocrisy.

2. The new #DeathPanels

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It’s another head spin when you remember that Republicans accused Obamacare of being a plan that would select elderly people to die.

3. It will free up some tax dollars

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Remember that Dan Patrick’s party has been willing to cut Medicare and Social Security—and of course, the ACA.

4. Some people are expendable

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Like the 49 members of the LGBT community that were murdered in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

5. The New Nazi Republican?

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And for many, it’s not hard to draw a line from Adolf Hitler to Dan Patrick

6. #NotDyingForWallStreet

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Those who choose health and safety over money during this pandemic know the difference between saving their grandchildren and saving an economy.

7. The dystopian future is now.

Dan Patrick suggest grandparents should die for the economy


Students of the science fiction genre were quick to hop on the obvious parallels between Dan Patrick’s suggestion and some of the greats, like Soylent Green:

or Logan’s Run:


8. You blinded me without science

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Calling on the elderly does not just seem pathological, it is also scientifically flawed.

9. Not everyone is opposed to Patrick’s idea…

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Providing, of course, that Dan and his friends line up to go first

10. Step down

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One thing that plenty of people can agree on is that Dan Patrick is not a person who should be left with any power. And they’re happy to let him know it

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