The Mayor of Colorado City, Texas resigned hours after he posted an insensitive message telling residents “only the strong will survive and the weak will [perish]” during a deadly winter storm, reports said.
Tim Boyd wrote in a now-deleted post on Facebook.”No one owes you [or] your family anything, nor is it the local government’s responsibility to support you during trying times like this.”
Boyd’s rant appeared on his page on Tuesday while residents suffered in darkness after being left without power or water.
“Sink or swim it’s your choice! The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING! I’m sick and [tired] of people looking for a damn handout,” he added.
Across the state, more than 3 million were without power due to the storm Tuesday, according to ERCOT’s outage map.
When people called Boyd’s office for help, they were met with the grim message to “step up and come up with a game plan” and that “I’ll be damned if I’m going to provide for anyone that is capable of doing it themselves.”
“If you are sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting there waiting for someone to come rescue you because you[‘re] lazy is a direct result of your raising!,” his post said.
“Bottom line quit crying and looking for a handout! Get off your ass and take care of your own family!,” he added.
Boyd’s post received quite the backlash on social media, which included threatening messages to him and his family. In a follow-up post hours later, Boyd said his wife was fired as the result of “things [he] said out of context.”
“I never meant to speak for the city of Colorado City or Mitchell County,” he said. “I was speaking as a citizen as I am NOT THE MAYOR anymore.”
In another Facebook post, Boyd said, “I would never want to hurt the elderly or anyone that is in true need of help to be left to fend for themselves. 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. I apologize for the wording and some of the phrases that were used!”