The lieutenant governor of Texas recently suggested that many grandparents in America would be willing to risk their health in order to see a resurgence in the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick appeared on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show Monday night where he shared his thoughts.

The Republican who turns 70 next week said Monday he believed “there are lots of grandparents” would make this choice and said “Let’s get back to work. Let’s get back to living.”

Seeking to clarify his remarks, Carlson said, “You’re basically saying that this disease could take your life but that’s not the scariest thing to you. There’s something that would be worse than dying.”

Patrick responded, “Look, I’m going to do everything I can to live but if you said, ‘Are you willing to take a chance?’ and you know if I get sick I’ll go and try to get better but if I don’t, I don’t.”

Patrick’s remarks echoed remarks shared by President Donald Trump earlier Monday during a briefing at the White House who seeks to have businesses reopen their doors.

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