After having the kind of year he has, one might think that Ted Cruz would try to avoid ant future feuds. But self awareness has never been a specialty of Cruz’s.
This week, the Texas senator tried to pick a fight with Australia. But Cruz got more than he bargained for when an Aussie politician compared his region to the Lone Star state.
In regards to a policy in the Northern Territories where unvaccinated people would face a $5,000 fine, he wrote, “I love the Aussies. Their history of rugged independence is legendary; I’ve always said Australia is the Texas of the Pacific. The Covid tyranny of their current government is disgraceful & sad. Individual liberty matter.”
Translation: viruses propagate faster in denser populations. Also, the vast bulk of morbidity and mortality in Texas happened before a vaccine was widely (if at all) available.
— Bill (@Cavaturaccioli) October 18, 2021
Michael Gunner, the chief minister of the Northern Territory, responded to the critique, “Nearly 70,000 Texans have tragically died from COVID. There have been zero deaths in the Territory. Did you know that? Vaccination is so important here because we have vulnerable communities and the oldest continuous living culture on the planet to protect. Did you know that?”
Gunner finished the takedown, “I love Texas (go Longhorns), but when it comes to COVID, I’m glad we are nothing like you.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.