“Quit crying and looking for a handout! Get off your ass and take care of your own family,” wrote Tim Boyd, the then-mayor of Colorado City, Texas, in the city’s Facebook group.
Boyd declared in the Tuesday morning post that he was about to “hurt some feelings,” then went on to rip anyone who might need help during the snowstorm, which left millions without power and resulted in at least 21 deaths across the southern U.S.View link »
Boyd dismissed community aid as “socialist” in his lengthy Facebook rant and hinted at survival of the fittest in his town of 4,000 people.
“Only the strong will survive and the weak will parish (sic),” he wrote, while demonstrating his weak command of proper spelling. “Sink or swim, it’s your choice.”
Boyd also urged people to “deal without” water and to “step up and come up with a game plan” if their electricity is down.
“God has given us the tools to support ourselves in times like this,” he wrote. “I’ll be damned if I’m going to provide for anyone that is capable of doing it themselves.”View link »
The state has been hammered by the cold and the snow, which crippled its largely gas-reliant power grid. Nevertheless, many in the Republican-run state falsely blamed the outages on green-energy projects such as wind turbines.
Boyd complained in a follow-up post that he was facing “anger and harassment” for his comments. He also doubled down with his complaints about “lazy” residents, while apologizing for the “wording and some of the phrases” he used.
“I would never want to hurt the elderly or anyone that is in true need of help to be left to fend for themselves,” he wrote.View link »
He added that he had already decided before the post that he would not run for mayor again.
“I never meant to speak for the city of Colorado City or Mitchell County,” the mayor of Colorado City said. “If I had it to do over again, I would have just kept my words to myself and if I did say them I would have used better wording and been more descriptive.”
Following Boyd’s resignation, the co-hosts on “The View” reacted to the devastating conditions in Texas, even calling out senator Ted Cruz for flying to Cancun, Mexico with his family.
“To literally flee your home state, while people are freezing to death, to fly to Cancun is very Marie Antoinette – one of the worst optics I could possibly come up with,” co-host Meghan McCain said.
Meanwhile, Joy Behar blames the unpreparedness on “red states,” while claiming the Republicans are “climate change deniers.”
They also addressed the Republicans attempting to use the outages to spread false claims about green energy.
Watch the full segment below:
Stars on Twitter also took to the platform to call out the politicians:
I think @SenTedCruz is desperately trying to rebrand from the “inspired a deadly insurrection” motherfucker to the “left my constituents to freeze to death so I could go to Cancun” motherfucker, but luckily he can be both. He’s just that big a motherfucker.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 18, 2021
He’s proving he’s multifaceted.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 18, 2021
He’s such a garbage human.
You @tedcruz. I’m talking about you. Almost forgot to tag you.
How’s your flight back from Cancun? https://t.co/8YIGtYgokh
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) February 18, 2021
God it would be awkward if Ted Cruz supported “Building The Wall” as he quickly migrated to Mexico for refuge from a deadly storm in his state where he is supposed to be the fucking leader… pic.twitter.com/IWeJacnIEo
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) February 18, 2021
Ted Cruz never disappoints in his role as Ted Cruz.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) February 18, 2021
The internet: we are going to spend the whole entire day talking about what an asshole Rush Limbaugh was. Ted Cruz: Hold my cerveza.
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) February 18, 2021
How am I supposed to get anything done, now? What with watching a live tracker of Ted Cruz’s return flight, which is UA1015 from CAN to IAH, which lands at 3:56PM CST??? (Link below) https://t.co/vIa7xj1tAv
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 18, 2021
While the Texas Governor Greg Abbott is on Fox News spreading misinformation about renewable energy, and Ted Cruz is in Cancun, 31 Texans have died & millions are suffering.
This video should make you angry but we all need to roll up our sleeves & help the good people of Texas. pic.twitter.com/mcmFrVuxUN
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 18, 2021
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 18, 2021
This is heartbreaking!! Do we not have aid for these folks. And fat vampire Ted Cruz on vacation! I’m very confused! We got to do better people! This is happening in the United States!! pic.twitter.com/ntKCGUyTfL
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) February 18, 2021