Texas Rep. Slams Republicans Who Oppose Vaccine Mandates As ‘Hypocrites’

Texas Republican Jasmine Crockett blames Gov. Greg Abbott at Republicans who support the state’s strict abortion law but oppose vaccine mandates as “hypocrites.”

His comments came afterwards Abbott issued an executive order on Monday to prohibit any entity, including private enterprises, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccination order on workers.

COVID-19 vaccines “are strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one, but should always be voluntary for Texans,” Abbott wrote in the arrangement.

Meanwhile, the nation’s strictest abortion law remains in effect in Texas. Since early September, Texas has banned abortions once heart activity can be detected, usually at about six weeks of pregnancy and before many women even know they are pregnant.

Unlike other prohibitions blocked by the courts, Texas law empowers private citizens to enforce it by suing doctors or anyone who assisted someone with an abortion beyond the six -week cutoff. They can collect at least $ 10,000 in damages if they successfully sue.

In an interview with Newsweek, Crockett condemned the “right wing nuts” who argue that the mask and vaccine mandate violates their rights, but supports an abortion law that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

“We have hypocrites,” he said. “The idea that there’s this group complaining that they lack freedom in their body … they don’t want to wear a mask.

Texas State Republican Jasmine Crockett joined members of the Texas House and Senate Democrats at a news conference at the Washington Plaza Hotel on July 23, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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“It is said that it violates their freedom if the government orders them to wear their masks or if the government orders them to get vaccinated. I don’t know what country they came from because the one I grew up with, I don’t. able to go to school until I get what I call shots.We had to have vaccinations to go to school when I was a little girl.So it was always like that.

“We’re talking about saving lives. We’re talking about wearing a mask as a small invasive step to save a life, right? But we’re going to tell women, women and women, that whatever they get to carry a fetus. “

She also noted that six weeks is good before determining the possibility of a fetus.

“We’re clear, they call it the heartbeat rule but what they’re talking about isn’t even a heartbeat. Not in six weeks,” she said. “So they’re playing with the ignorance of their base and really trying to pull the heartstrings.”

Crockett, a civil rights attorney, added that he believes many Republicans are not opposed to vaccine mandates. “These are the nuts on the right,” he said.

He noted that Abbott had been vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19 in August. He rejected calls to reinstate mask mandates because coronavirus cases in Texas intensified over the summer because of Delta’s highly contagious variant.

“The governor was vaccinated,” Crockett said. “He was running without a mask, he caught COVID, he was locked up in the mansion.”

He added that he received Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment despite it not being approved for asymptomatic. “He still got it,” Crockett said. “The hass versus the have-nots.”

Crockett added: “The truth is, we’re not out of this pandemic. The truth is Texas refuses to handle the pandemic, and I don’t know when we’re going to get out of it.”

Abbott’s office was contacted for comment.

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