Texas Gov. Abbott blamed “Texans congregating in bars” for an uptick in coronavirus cases while simultaneously allowing local officials to approve of “mass gatherings” (i.e. protests) of 100 or more people.

In an executive order released on Friday (which is hard as hell to read), Abbott said that an “outdoor gathering in excess of 100 people” is allowed as long as local officials approve of it:

For any outdoor gathering in excess of 100 people, other than those set forth above in paragraph numbers 1, 2, or 4, the gathering is prohibited unless the mayor of the city in which the gathering is held, or the county judge in the case of a gathering in an unincorporated area, approves of the gathering, and such approval can be made subject to certain conditions or restrictions not inconsistent with this executive order;



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