Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, in a controversial view earlier this week, said that plenty of older people would be willing to sacrifice their lives in order to preserve the economy for their grandchildren.
“No one reached out to me and said, 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?” he said. “And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”
After his comments blew up the internet, Fox News contributor Brit Hume visited Tucker Carlson’s show Tuesday to share his thoughts on what he sees as an “entirely reasonable” position:
‘We don’t shut down the economy to save every single life that’s threatened by a wide-spread disease. We just don’t.’
Hume went on to say that this concept is essentially what President Trump and Governor Cuomo have been saying in recent days about the coronavirus pandemic.
“What we’re living in now, this circumstance as we try to beat this virus, is not sustainable,” Hume, 76 years old, explained on the show. “That the utter collapse of the country’s economy, which many think will happen if this goes on much longer, is an intolerable result.”
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Like Patrick before him, Hume emerged as a trending topic on Twitter TWTR, -2.86% overnight, where he was mostly hammered, though a few stood up in his defense.
Here’s just a sampling: