Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) really stepped in it on Wednesday evening when he dared to challenge Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) scientific knowledge after she slammed President Donald Trump for appointing Vice President Mike Pence as his coronavirus czar.
Trump made the announcement during his erratic and not-at-all helpful news conference on Wednesday, prompting a response from AOC, who noted that Pence is anti-science and couldn’t even stop epidemics in his state of Indiana as governor.
Mike Pence literally does not believe in science.
It is utterly irresponsible to put him in charge of US coronavirus response as the world sits on the cusp of a pandemic.
This decision could cost people their lives. Pence’s past decisions already have. https://t.co/NhMPOusOWm
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 27, 2020
Cruz, who often attacks Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter by making snarky remarks insinuating that she doesn’t know anything, responded to her tweet by questioning her scientific knowledge.
As you are speaking as the oracle of science, tell us, what exactly is a Y chromosome? https://t.co/t4XVVzWr3A
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 27, 2020
The problem is that not only is Cruz an anti-science zealot who does not believe in evolution, he apparently did not realize that AOC placed second at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the Microbiology category in high school. Impressed with her work, MIT Lincoln Laboratory named an asteroid after her. So, she is definitely science literate. And she did not hesitate to throw all of that in Cruz’s face.
Sen. Cruz, while I understand you judge people’s intelligence by the lowest income they’ve had, I hold awards from MIT Lincoln Lab &others for accomplishments in microbiology.
Secondly, I’m surprised you’re asking about chromosomes given that you don’t even believe in evolution. https://t.co/vOIwJhpl7q
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 28, 2020
Clearly, Cruz picked the wrong person to challenge about science. Frankly, he had no business doing so anyway considering his own denial of science, which also includes climate science.
Once again, AOC schools a Republican for thinking that just because she’s a young Latina woman she must have an empty head.
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