Former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is going after Texas Republicans for their failure to prepare and respond to the winter storms and power outages ravaging the state this week. O’Rourke said, "We are nearing a failed state in Texas. And it has nothing to do with God or natural disasters. It has everything to do with those in positions of public trust who have failed us." There are reports across the state of families freezing in their homes. Water pipes are bursting, roads are going unplowed, and power still hasn’t returned in many areas. People are having issues getting supplies like gas and groceries and the problems are only compounding as time goes on.
To make matters worse, Republican leadership in the state shows no sign of being able to handle the crisis adequately and prepare for the next one. When the storms began, Texas Governor Greg Abbott chose to go on Sean Hannity’s show to blame the power failure on the Green New Deal and Democrats. Senator Ted Cruz took off to Cancun rather than using his resources and connections to help get aid to people. Former Governor Rick Perry volunteered the people of Texas to continue going without power if the alternative was getting assistance from the federal government. Other Republicans are dodging questions about climate change, arguing that now is not the time to “politicize” the matter. These Republicans are shameless and they have failed miserably on this crisis, yet somehow they will all still likely be reelected when they next appear on the ballot.
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