A popular San Antonio, Texas ramen restaurant was vandalized with racist graffiti after its owner spoke out against Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift coronavirus restrictions in the state.
Photos of the vandalism posted on social media show several phrases written on the windows, including “no mask,” “kung flu,” “commie,” “hope u die” and “ramen noodle flu.”
The vandalism came days after Nguyen’s Wednesday interview with CNN, in which the restaurant owner called Abbott’s decision to remove the state’s mask mandate “selfish” and “cowardly.”
“Greg Abbott doesn’t have the Texas people’s interests in play,” Nguyen told the network. “He only cares about himself at this point.”
According to the station, Nguyen kept Noodle Tree closed for almost six months before reopening with COVID-19 restrictions because bills were piling up.
Abbott earlier this month announced that the mask mandate and restrictions on business capacity would be dropped, prompting criticism, including from President Biden, who called Texas’s and Mississippi’s plans to loosen restrictions “Neanderthal thinking.”
The governor’s decision also prevents local governments from implementing or keeping their own mask mandates. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin after officials there used a workaround to keep a mandate in place. A judge sided with the city in her initial ruling on the case.
Businesses can maintain masking requirements in their establishments.
Texas Gov. Abbott’s decision to lift the mask mandate is “selfish,” says Mike Nguyen, the owner of a restaurant in San Antonio who is battling cancer.
“Dropping the mask mandate will not help the economy, will not help us open. And a lot of us feel he's putting…us in danger.” pic.twitter.com/wDWDPtH9a4
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) March 10, 2021