Tim Boyd, the mayor of Colorado City, Texas, resigned yesterday after writing on Facebook Tuesday that a person’s local government or power provider “owes you NOTHING!” as millions of Texans were left without power during a frigid winter storm.
“No one owes you [or] your family anything; nor is it the local government’s responsibility to support you during trying times like this!” he wrote. “Sink or swim it’s your choice! The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING! I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout.”
Boyd went on to call residents adhering to stay-at-home orders “lazy” and encouraged people without water to “think outside the box to survive.”
“Bottom line quit crying and looking for a handout!!” Boyd concluded. “DONT [be] PART OF PROBLEM, BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!!”
The original post was deleted, but circulated widely on social media, sparking intense backlash. Boyd has since posted an apology in which he also 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 wrote. “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!”
He later added that he had not intended to run for mayor again and attempted to defend his original message, claiming he had written it as a private citizen.