Dan Patrick is the Republican Lt. Gov. of Texas, and he thinks elderly Americans should risk possibly dying from COVID-19 in order to allow for social distancing to end so that the U.S. economy can get back on track.

Patrick was a guest on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Monday evening, and he said he fully supports President Donald Trump’s plan to end the national shutdown which has caused widespread losses in the stock market and led to a dramatic rise in the national unemployment rate:

“My message is that let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living, let’s be smart about it, and those of us who are 70-plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.”

Those remarks didn’t sit well with most people, many of whom were horrified by such an idea and responded to Lt. Gov. Patrick on Twitter:

Here’s an idea: Maybe Lt. Gov. Patrick needs to go first and show us all how it’s done. We’re waiting for you to make the first move, Dan.

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