DALLAS – Texas Lieutenant Dan Patrick said Friday that the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) should remain permanent in Texas, as he proclaimed the state’s COVID-19 approach, which conference chairman Matt Schlapp said was part of the reason he chose to host an additional conference in Dallas.
“We have been leaders,” Patrick claimed as he lifted coronavirus-related health restrictions. “In April  I said, do not listen to Fauci. I think everyone has now learned not to listen to Fauci … We just had the highest collection of VAT in the history of our state two months in a row and we still have a hand tied behind our backs with the economy. “
CPAC Dallas is a first for the American Conservative Union, the organization that runs the conferences. Usually, CPAC is a once a year event. The first one this year was in Orlando, Florida. But President Matt Schlapp said he would also recognize Texas and decided to do so by bringing another 2021
“Under CPAC Orlando with [Florida] Gov. [Ron] “DeSantis’ management, you know, they opened Florida,” Schlapp told Fox News. When we got back from CPAC Orlando, we said, look, Texas is the next big state they’re open. We were going to reward them and we were going to do another big conference. We did not know how big it would be, but it will be big. “
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“There is a re-sorting in America of people who want to have open schools, open churches,” Schlapp continued. “People who want to thrive financially without much government assistance are moving to states like Texas and Florida and South Carolina and elsewhere.”
Patrick responded to these comments, saying that the CPAC, traditionally held in Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, should remain permanently in Texas.
“CPAC, we are not only happy that they came, we hope they stay and move their headquarters here,” he said.
Patrick also addressed the huge migrant tension at the southern border on Friday, which led both former President Donald Trump and Vice President Kamal Harris to visit the state. Asked whether he was happy with Harris’ recent visit to the border, Patrick said he was not.
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“Just the opposite. Disappointed,” he said. “Disappointed that she did not meet with real people. She met mostly with officials. She did not talk to our ranchers who are being exceeded. She did not talk to our citizens who are being exceeded. Our mayors who are overwhelmed. It was just a campaign stunt – a publicity stunt, that’s all it was. “
After her border visit, Harris emphasized her strategy of putting alleged root causes of border problems such as misery in Central American countries at the forefront of her approach rather than border security, as Republicans emphasize.
“As you have all heard me say many times, I strongly believe that most people do not want to leave home. And when they do, it’s because they either flee harm or because they stay, meaning they can not grieve. for basic necessities in their family, “she said from El Paso, Texas.” This faith has been strengthened during our day today. Whether it was when I met with children who are unaccompanied minors, or I met with leaders who have been on the ground in El Paso for many, many years and perform work that is directly about supporting and interacting with people, who immigrate to the United States and who cross this border. “
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Patrick also criticized Harris for visiting El Paso rather than McAllen, Texas, claiming that McAllen is where the biggest problems are. “She went to the wrong place,” he said.
The lieutenant governor, speaking at the CPAC on Friday, also claimed that Democrats are aiming to bring more migrants to the United States to strengthen their grip on the electorate.
“They are to blame. They want this to happen because they want millions of people to come to America, make them citizens, make them voters so they can take over the country,” Patrick said. “They are not negligent … They are fine as it is.”
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