The former medical director of the Bush White House, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, likened Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s announced rollback of all Covid restrictions to his former boss’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” declaration while Americans were still constantly dying.
Appearing on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, Reiner pulled no punches with his scorn for Abbott’s abrupt, swaggering Twitter announcement on Tuesday that he was ending all mask mandates and any other social distancing measures in his state.
I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%.
I also ended the statewide mask mandate.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021
“This is a gigantic mistake,” Reiner shot back at Abbott’s decision. “In Texas, for instance, they have a test positivity rate of 13.5%. Compare that to the overall rate in the