Austin, TX — Today, Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference updating Texans on the number of masks, gloves, and other critical medical supplies available — while hoarding boxes full of masks and gloves behind him for a photo opportunity.
These supplies are critical to healthcare professionals across Texas on the frontlines of the fight with coronavirus. This comes on the heels of Abbott staging a fight with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who has led on the coronavirus response from day one, and refusing to call a statewide “stay at home” order for purely political purposes.
Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman issued the following statement:
“In the last week alone, Republican Governor Greg Abbott refused to call a clear statewide ‘stay at home’ order, staged a public fight with a local official leading the response against coronavirus, and now, hoarded critical medical supplies for a photo opportunity. Abbott has completely mismanaged the coronavirus epidemic and is why Texas ranks 49th in response to the coronavirus. Texans deserve real leaders who put their families and health first, not their own personal political photo op.”