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US 'I Hate it Here' Trends on Twitter in Texas After Greg Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate

13:02  03 march  2021
13:02  03 march  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Did Ted Cruz's Cancun trip distract from the biggest political failure in Texas?

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"I hate it here" began trending on Twitter on Tuesday as Texans reacted to Governor Greg Abbott's announcement that he was lifting the state's mask mandate and opening up businesses to full capacity.

Greg Abbott wearing a suit and tie: Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020. On March 2, 2021, Abbott said he would lift the mask mandate and allow businesses to open to 100 percent capacity. © Lynda M. Gonzalez/Pool/Getty Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020. On March 2, 2021, Abbott said he would lift the mask mandate and allow businesses to open to 100 percent capacity.

Unveiling the changes that come into effect on March 10, Abbott said: "With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus.

Texas governor lifts mask mandate and allows businesses to open at 100% capacity, despite health officials' warnings

  Texas governor lifts mask mandate and allows businesses to open at 100% capacity, despite health officials' warnings Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he's lifting the mask mandate in Texas, even as health officials warn not to ease safety restrictions. © Lynda M. Gonzalez/Pool//Getty Images Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020. Abbott made the announcement during a Lubbock Chamber of Commerce event where he issued an executive order rescinding most of his earlier executive orders like the mask mandate.

"We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed.

"Today's announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny."

Some Texans responded with anger on Twitter, resulting in the phrase "I hate it here" trending on the social media platform.

Greg Abbott's head-scratching, anti-science decision to end the Texas mask mandate

  Greg Abbott's head-scratching, anti-science decision to end the Texas mask mandate As coronavirus case across the country are dropping, cases in Texas actually increased by 5% over the last two weeks, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University. Which makes this a very odd time for Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to do what he did on Tuesday. © Justin Rex/AP Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivers an announcement in Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. Abbott announced that he is rescinding executive orders that limit capacities for businesses and the state wide mask mandate. "Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities," Abbott said.

Twitter user Em wrote: "I hate it here. catch me double masking from now on." Kimmie shared an AP tweet on the mask mandate being lifted, posting: "So much for a 'Pro-lifer.' I can't even imagine the fear of restaurant workers, families with children with disabilities and the 97 percent of Texans that haven't received the vaccine yet. I hate it here #TurnTexasBlue #VoteHimOut"

Keyli tweeted: "I hate it here. I literally cannot wait to vote Greg Abbott out." Another Twitter user, @DeniseFlores, said: "I hate it here. I don't give a s*** who runs against Abbott in 2022. I'm volunteering my time and money to their effort. #txlege"

Rabia shared two screenshots—one of a March 1 article that reported Houston had recorded all major strains of COVID-19 and one of Abbott's announcement—writing: "Bruh it's been less than 24 hours, I hate it here."

Texas Gov. Abbott faces backlash after lifting coronavirus restrictions

  Texas Gov. Abbott faces backlash after lifting coronavirus restrictions Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing a torrent of criticism over his surprise decision to roll back his state's mask mandate and business restrictions -- moves that strategists and activists in both parties said are aimed at appeasing an impatient Republican base ahead of his 2022 reelection bid and with an eye on the 2024 presidential race. © Justin Rex/AP Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivers an announcement in Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. Abbott announced that he is rescinding executive orders that limit capacities for businesses and the state wide mask mandate.

Other Twitter users turned to memes to express their anger at the governor. Cat shared a SpongeBob SquarePants meme in which SpongeBob takes the form of Texas and asks Patrick, "What am I?" Patrick responds: "Stupid?" SpongeBob then tells him, "No, I'm Texas," and Patrick asks, "What's the difference?"

Cat captioned the meme: "SpongeBob knew what they were doing. lmao RIP Texas ig. I hate it here."

Twitter user @awoogaah wrote: "Greg [Abbott] is so f****** dumb. I hate it here" and shared a meme of a woman crying.

Another Twitter user, @mmmgingerale, posted a clip of Lord Farquaad from Shrek telling his knights, "Some of you may die, but it's a sacrifice I am willing to make"—adding: "Greg Abbott ending the mask mandate in texas looks different here. I hate it here [please] #VoteHimOut"

Under Abbott's executive order coming into effect next Wednesday, a county judge may implement local restrictions if a hospital region exceeds 15 percent bed capacity for seven days in a row. These restrictions, however, cannot include reducing business capacity to less than 50 percent. A county judge may not impose jail time on those who flout COVID-19 orders, including not wearing a mask.

According to the Department of State Health Services, Texas has recorded almost 2.3 million cases and more than 43,000 deaths since the start of the COVID pandemic.

Texas had administered 5,956,629 vaccine doses by Tuesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—3,735,197 people have received at least one dose and 1,984,483 people, or 6.8 percent of the state's population, have received two doses.

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Texas Official Sees No Reason for State Removing Mask Mandate to Claim 'Premature Victory' .
"There's no reason why to open ourselves up to unnecessary death, unnecessary hospitalization, just for the sake of wanting to claim a premature victory," Judge Lina Hidalgo said."There's no reason why to open ourselves up to unnecessary death, unnecessary hospitalization, just for the sake of wanting to claim a premature victory," Hidalgo told host Lisa Desjardins on the PBS NewsHour.

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