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Texas snow: Mayor quits after ‘only strong will survive’ post

The Texas deep freeze has left millions without power

The mayor of a city in Texas has quit after posting that “only the strong will survive and the weak will perish” in a deadly winter storm sweeping the southern US state. Tim Boyd, the mayor of Colorado City, took to Facebook in anger at people “crying and looking for a handout”. “Sink or swim it’s your choice,” he raged. “The city and country… or any other service, owes you nothing.” Millions are now in a third day without power and struggling for heat in Texas. More than 20 people have died across four southern states. In his original post, now deleted, Mayor Boyd starts by saying: “Let me hurt some feelings while I have a minute.” He says it is not local government’s duty to support people through “trying times”, adding: “I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout.” Calling the situation the “product of a socialist government”, he urges people to think “outside of the box” and not wait “for someone to come and rescue you”. He adds: “Only the strong will survive and the weak will parish [sic].”