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During an interview aired on Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said that he doesn’t think that it’s fair to blame high crime rates in certain cities on Democratic mayors, just as Republican governors in states that have been impacted by coronavirus like South Carolina, Florida, and Texas are “not responsible for all of that.

Host Martha MacCallum asked, “One of the big issues that the country is discussing right now is the chaos that we’re seeing in a lot of our cities. One of the things that is often pointed out by Republicans in the country is that a lot of these cities, Seattle, Minneapolis, where we’re seeing a lot of devastation, New York City as well, have Democratic leadership. And they blame that, in part, for what we’re seeing. What do you say to that?”

Clyburn responded, “I’ll say there’s no more truth to that than to be found with the coronavirus, and the toll it’s taken in South Carolina, in Florida, in Texas, all of whom have Republican governors. They’re not responsible for all of that. And just because there is a correlation between a Democratic mayor and crime doesn’t mean that’s a causation. That’s almost like blaming me for being — having the skin color that I have. It may lead to certain things, but it’s not the cause of any of them.”

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‘They aren’t numbers, they’re people’: Mayor Nirenberg addresses rising COVID-19 death toll in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio’s death toll from COVID-19 isn’t just a number, Mayor Ron Nirenberg says, it’s a reality that is “gut-wrenching morbid and cruel.”

Nirenberg addressed the community on Facebook Sunday night after the city released its latest COVID-19 case count, which included a grim figure.

A total of 130 people have died from virus complications in San Antonio and Bexar County since the beginning of the pandemic — 13 of whom died over the weekend.

“I wanted to speak to you directly to note that when we report these facts, for our community, they aren’t numbers, they’re people,” he said. “Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, best friends and coworkers, loved ones and neighbors, San Antonians young and old — gone.”

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With the city and state’s surge in cases, which are testing hospital capacity, the number of deaths is only expected to increase, he said.

“It’s difficult to imagine that tonight will be the last time we report another lost life to COVID-19 in San Antonio,” he said, adding that it’s “beyond harrowing.”

Mayor Nirenberg - Stay safe, San Antonio - 07.05.2020

Tonight, youll see reports that weve lost another eight area residents to COVID-19. Weve now lost 130 total to this virus. Please remember that those lost are mothers, fathers, grandparents, sons, daughters, friends and neighbors. Stay home if you can. Wear a mask if you have to run an errand. We all have to work together to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

Posted by Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Sunday, July 5, 2020

With no “miracle drug,” Nirenberg continues to urge the public to stay home, practice social distancing, wash their hands and wear a mask when going out in public.

Local officials announced 198 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total in San Antonio to 14,751. A total of 1,142 patients are in the hospital. There are 455 staffed beds available, or 10% of capacity, and 400 ventilators available, or 57% of the total supply.

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Texas reported 3,449 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, after a record high of 8,258 Saturday, according to the Associated Press. The state has seen 2,637 fatalities due to the virus and 195,239 confirmed cases. A record 8,181 Texans with COVID-19 were hospitalized Sunday.

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