Texas Governor Greg Abbott defended his Executive Order prohibiting COVID-19 mandates throughout the Lone Star State on Monday, saying the “path forward” is not government rules but “personal responsibility.”
“Any school district, public university, or local government official that decides to defy GA-38 — which prohibits gov’t entities from mandating masks — will be taken to court. The path forward relies on personal responsibility — not government mandates,” posted Abbott on Twitter.
Any school district, public university, or local government official that decides to defy GA-38—which prohibits gov't entities from mandating masks—will be taken to court.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 11, 2021
Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a joint statement on efforts to undermine the Executive Order.
“The Texas Disaster Act clearly states that the Governor has the power to guide the state through emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Any school district, public university, or local government official that decides to defy the order will be taken to court,” reads the statement.
“Under Executive Order GA-38, no governmental entity can require or mandate the wearing of masks,” said Governor Abbott. “The path forward relies on personal responsibility — not government mandates. The State of Texas will continue to vigorously fight the temporary restraining order to protect the rights and freedoms of all Texans.”
“This isn’t the first time we have dealt with activist characters. It’s deja vu all over again,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Attention-grabbing judges and mayors have defied executive orders before, when the pandemic first started, and the courts ruled on our side – the law. I’m confident the outcomes to any suits will side with liberty and individual choice, not mandates and government overreach.”
Read the full press release here.