THE wife of a former Texas mayor was fired he told "lazy" residents to "get off their a***s" as the state battles a raging snowstorm.
Tim Boyd, the former mayor of Colorado City, claimed his wife Casey was fired because of his comments during Storm Uri.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, Boyd wrote: "The anger and harassment you have caused my wife and family is so undeserved.
"My wife was laid off of her job based off the association people gave to her and the business she worked for.
"She’s a very good person and was only defending me! But her to have to get fired from her job over things I said out of context is so horrible."
Boyd quit hours after he told residents "the weak will perish" during the once-in-a-lifetime snowstorm that has left 23 people dead.
The mayor faced growing calls to quit from furious residents after telling them Tuesday that the "City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you nothing!”
Texas has been grappling with a bitter winter blast that has left millions of residents in the Lone Star State without power.
In a Facebook post, Boyd wrote: “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.
“If you have no water you deal with out and think outside of the box to survive and supply water to your family.
“If you were sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting there waiting for someone to come rescue you because your lazy is direct result of your raising!”
Boyd continued in the post: “Am I sorry that you have been dealing without electricity and water; yes! But I’ll be damned if I’m going to provide for anyone that is capable of doing it themselves!”
At least 23 people have died and millions have been left without power during the winter storm.
Ferocious Storm Uri has plunged swathes of America into a -20F (-28C) deep freeze and sparked a killer tornado.
A state of emergency was declared in Texas, where wind turbines froze and generators were shut down as electricity was out across the state.
Temperatures fell to the lowest in decades and hundreds of cars crashed on icy roads.
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