Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“It never had to be this bad. As Trump admitted that he downplayed the effects of the virus, Trump and Abbott continue to fail our families and put politics and raising money over doing their job to stop the spread of this virus.
“In Texas, the coronavirus is still out of control. More than 14,000 Texans have died and Abbott’s dirty data has threatened our entire recovery. Instead of following the advice of doctors and experts, Donald Trump and Greg Abbott tried to discredit them to appease their right-wing lobbyist, donors, and base—even things as simple as wearing a mask. This is emblematic of the modern day Republican Party: putting the pursuit of power over health, safety, science, and logic. How many more will die because of Trump and Abbott’s failed leadership?
“Our hearts go out to every family who has lost a loved one to this terrible virus. We need a leader with the empathy and experience to beat the coronavirus and put Texas back on track. Texans need Joe Biden to end this crisis and make our families safe again.”