Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott told lawmakers last week that his decision to reopen the state would absolutely result in more deaths and illnesses, but that they were moving forward with the plan anyway. The audio of this call has now been leaked, and the whole world gets to hear how callous and disgusting Republican politicians can be. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced