Joe Biden said Texas Governor Abbott had “Neanderthal thinking” after he removed the mask mandate last month. California Gov Newsom (who is under a recall threat) called Abbott “reckless.” But Texas covid cases have been steadily declining since the mandate was rescinded.
Texas Covid Cases: no mass deaths from rescinding mask mandate
“We will be doubling down on mask wearing, not arguing to follow the example of Texas and other states that I think are making a terrible mistake,” Newsom said.
California had a higher case load than Texas earlier this year but had fewer new daily cases than Texas at the time of Abbott’s announcement, a trend that has continued. California had about 1,000 fewer new cases than Texas on Tuesday, but the state remains largely locked down, a move that is hurting its economy.
As Holden pointed out, numerous other Democratic politicians and mainstream media outlets also predicted a new surge of deaths and cases in Texas, predictions that haven’t come to pass. Further, some Democrat-controlled states that are still heavily locked down have more new daily cases than Texas, such as Michigan and New York. The 7-day average in New Jersey is also higher than it is in Texas.
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