Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) argued against masks and vaccines this week by comparing the unvaccinated to smokers.
Republicans are now fanatically anti-mask and anti-vaccine despite the Delta variant of the coronavirus ravaging red states, particularly Florida and Texas.
The situation is getting so bad that businesses and governments are instituting mask and vaccine mandates.
Of course, Cruz and other GOP lawmakers oppose mandates because they are in a death cult and want to hurt President Joe Biden. The problem is they are killing their own constituents with their recklessness and ignorance, ignorance that Cruz put on full display during an interview on CNBC.
“My view is we should have no COVID mandates,” Cruz said. “What does that mean? That means no mask mandates, no vaccine mandates, that means no vaccine passports. We shouldn’t step into a regime where the government says, ‘show us your papers’ if you want to do the basic activities of life.”
That’s ironic considering Cruz has no problem with “papers please” laws targeting migrants who are simply searching for a better life for themselves and their families.
“If somebody doesn’t take the vaccine, they pose relatively little threat to me, they pose relatively little threat to someone who has chosen to take the vaccine,” Cruz claimed.
He’s absolutely wrong about that. Vaccinated people can contract the virus and can spread it to others. That’s why the CDC recommends continuing to wear a mask even after getting vaccinated. It’s even more crucial to wear one now.
Cruz then really stuck his foot in his mouth.
“You know what? Smokers when they light up a cigarette, they’re increasing their chances they’re gonna get lung cancer,” Cruz said. “That may not be a wise decision to do, but in America, we give people the freedom to make decisions about their own health, even if we don’t approve of the decisions they may make.”
That’s hypocritical since Cruz is anti-choice when it comes to abortion. He literally just destroyed anti-choice arguments and defends leaving medical decisions to individuals and their doctors. It should also be pointed out that second-hand smoke has killed millions of Americans, which is why smoking in public places is largely banned. But while abortion is a decision that should be between a woman and her doctor, a pandemic threatens the health of everyone. Our country has instituted vaccine mandates and mask mandates going back to the American Revolution. It should not be an issue now and does nothing to restrict freedom.
Here’s the video via Twitter:
“We should have no COVID mandates,” says @SenTedCruz. “We shouldn’t step into the regime where the government says show us your papers if you want to do the basic activities of life.” pic.twitter.com/FOBnJymWAj
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) August 5, 2021
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