Texas Mayor Resigns After Calling Snowbound Residents ‘Lazy’
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A mayor in Texas resigned after calling his constituents “weak” on social media amid a bitter winter storm blast that left millions in the dark.
Colorado City Mayor Tim Boyd announced his resignation Tuesday hours after he received backlash for his Facebook post complaining about power and water outages, KTXS-TV reported.
“No one owes you or your family anything; nor is it the local governments responsibility to support you during trying times like this! Sink or swim, it’s your choice!” he wrote in a lengthy post. “The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING!”
Boyd added: “Bottom line, quit crying and looking for a handout! Get off your ass and take care of your own family!”
Hours after a significant amount of backlash online, the mayor apologized and announced his resignation.
“I would never want to hurt the elderly or anyone that is in true need of help to be left to fend for themselves,” he said. “I was only making the statement that those folks that are too lazy to get up and fend for themselves but are capable should not be dealt a handout. I apologize for the wording and some of the phrases that were used!”
“Please understand, if I had it to do over again, I would have just kept my words to myself and if I did say them I would have used better wording and been more descriptive,” said Boyd.
The former mayor also said his wife lost her job for defending him.