My first thought was, “You may not have beat Ted Cruz in the Senate race, but now you’re doing his job.”
Well, there are a lot of people in Texas who are trying to do that job and to help out. And you’ve got folks in government, Ted Cruz, a great example, who don’t believe in government or don’t believe in our form of government. He tried to overturn a lawfully, legitimately, democratically decided election, conspired with seditionists, was very responsible for those who were killed in the insurrection, in the coup attempt on the sixth of January. That guy wants nothing to do with government, or at least our form of it. Then you’ve got [Texas governor] Greg Abbott who, along with other extremist right-wing Republicans just don’t believe that government is there to do the things that probably you and I, and many of your listeners understand government to exist for. Like in the midst of the worst storm in Texas history, bar none that has already killed a couple dozen of our fellow Texans who’ve died of carbon monoxide poisoning, who have died of exposure, who’ve died as their homes burned down, as they try to keep themselves warm, is just not there. And is denying the science and the facts. [With] the deregulated electricity market that you have in Texas, where there was no mandate or incentive to provide extra capacity for emergencies like these, or to weatherize your energy supplies, whether it’s coal-fired plants or gas-fired plants or wind turbines or solar, we just weren’t prepared because those in power in our government right now don’t think that government should play that role in trying to avert a catastrophe like the one that we’re experiencing.