- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore sparked criticism on social media Wednesday after he declared Texas shouldn’t receive COVID-19 vaccines because Republican Gov. Greg Abbott reopened the state.

“Texas - we hear you,” the Oscar-winning director tweeted. “You didn’t want to be part of our electrical grid. And now you’ve removed your mask mandate & are allowing large crowds to gather. We hear you! COVID is a hoax! So u don’t need our precious vaccine. We’ll send it to ppl who are saving lives by wearing masks.”

Mr. Moore was responding to Mr. Abbott‘s announcement Tuesday that he was ending a statewide mask mandate and allowing businesses to open at 100% capacity starting next week.

The “Fahrenheit 9/11” director appeared to soften his stance on Texas after receiving a flurry of angry responses, prompting him to issue a series of follow-up tweets nearly an hour later.

“Yes, we must and will find a way to vaccinate the poor and people of color in Texas,” Mr. Moore explained. “To Texans who say, hey, it’s not me - it’s the Governor! Well, then, impeach and remove him. We’re tired of this. Don’t mess with Texas? Happy to oblige.

“Btw - Houston is the first city in the country to record the presence of ALL the new variants of the coronavirus. The rest of us must find a way to protect ourselves from the policies and politicians of Texas,” he continued. “Texas is no longer majority white. The 57% majority is Latinx and Black and Asian and Native American. So let’s do everything we can to help that majority remove the bigots and ignoramuses from office. It’s killing them, and it’s killing us.”

Mr. Abbott issued an executive order effective March 10 that says businesses in the state will be able to reopen at full capacity after they were previously capped at 75%. Mr. Abbott said the mandates are “no longer needed” as the number of positive coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have continued to fall and vaccinations continue to increase.

Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann walked into a similar controversy Tuesday after he called Mr. Abbott a “mass murderer” and suggested the federal government withhold COVID-19 vaccines from the state because of his actions.

“Why are we wasting vaccinations on Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus?” Mr. Olbermann tweeted.

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