How far the United States should go in reducing coronavirus lockdown measures is a debate that has caused a political storm in Washington in recent weeks, with many Republicans calling for America to get back to work, while Democrats demand caution.

Two Republican senators have hit back against Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s characterisation of Texas’ gradual reopening of the economy as, “dangerous, dumb and weak.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Sen. Ted Cruz both sniped at O’Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso who launched an unsuccessful 2020 presidential bid, from the Twittersphere following his strongly worded statement.

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