If the coronavirus, or COVID-19, was a full pot of water simmering over weeks of uncertainty and torpid political action, it was an ultimatum to American grandparents that made it boil over.

“No one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance for your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?” said Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight. “And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”

“My message is: Let’s get back to work,” he said, going against recommendations from public health officials both inside and outside the Trump administration. “Those of us who are 70-plus, we’ll take care of ourselves, but don’t sacrifice the country. Don’t do that. Don’t ruin this great American dream.”

Patrick’s statement came on the heels of reports yesterday of President Trump growing impatience and frantic tweeting about the state of the U.S. economy amid efforts to stanch the spread of the virus. It turns out, however, that Americans are not so willing to condemn their grandparents to die for the sake of a dream.

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