Tim Boyd, the far-right Republican mayor of Colorado City, Texas, received backlash this week after attacking his city’s own residents who complained about losing power during an unprecedented winter storm.
According to KTSX-TV, Boyd has now resigned from his post.
On Tuesday, February 16, Boyd went to his Facebook page and told Colorado City residents to “get off your ass and take care of your own family.”
“If you don’t have electricity,” Boyd posted, “you step up and come up with a game plan to keep your family warm and safe…. No one owes you or your family anything; nor is it the local government’s responsibility to support you during trying times like this! Sink or swim, it’s your choice!”
Boyd later tried to apologize, but his apology seemed like another attack.
“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,” he said.