The Texas Tribune reports:
Vance Ginn, the chief economist for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, is facing fierce backlash for a recent racist tweet that said schools should open since most of the people dying from the coronavirus in Texas are elderly or Hispanic.
Ginn later removed the tweet and apologized. “I believe strongly based on my deep faith that every life is precious,” he wrote. “My intent was to highlight the positive development of more data available to make better policy decisions and help the vulnerable.”
Ginn, who previously served in the White House under President Donald Trump’s administration as associate director for economic policy at the Office of Management and Budget, also served as senior economist for the think tank.
The chief economist for a conservative Texas think tank is facing fierce backlash for a recent racist tweet that said schools should open since most of the people dying from coronavirus in Texas are elderly or Hispanic. https://t.co/CPQSqY6rcA
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) July 28, 2020
Senate Hispanic Caucus Chair, Senator José Menéndez, Condemns Racist Rhetoric by Member of the Texas Public Policy Foundation
— José Menéndez (@Menendez4Texas) July 29, 2020