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[COMMENTARY] Father of the Year: Ted Cruz Files Bill to Block COVID Vaccine Mandates for Kids

[COMMENTARY] Father of the Year: Ted Cruz Files Bill to Block COVID Vaccine Mandates for Kids

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is vaccinated and a father of two daughters, has introduced a bill in his home state to block vaccine mandates for children. The ReTrumplican released a statement on his official website, falling back on the argument that “it’s up to parents” to make those kinds of decisions for kids.

The statement reads in part: ““Parents should have the right to decide what is best for their children in consultation with their family doctor. My view on the COVID-19 vaccine has remained clear: no mandates of any kind. President Biden and his administration have repeatedly ignored medical privacy rights and personal liberty by pushing unlawful and burdensome vaccine mandates on American businesses, and now they are preparing to push a mandate on kids by pressuring parents—all without taking into account relative risk or the benefits of natural immunity. I am proud to introduce this legislation today to ensure President Biden and his administration stay out of decisions related to a child’s health—decisions best left to parents.”

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 30: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) questions former FBI Director James Comey, who was appearing remotely, at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Comey was testifying in the committee’s probe into the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (Photo by Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)

Counterpoint:

  1. All kids have to get the basic vaccinations to attend school, so why is this one different? (I know the answer is “Because Trump,” but maybe someday Ted will just admit it)
  2. You don’t want kids vaccinated and you also don’t want them masked. So, you essentially are trying to kill as many kids as possible in Texas while also restricting a woman’s right to an abortion. Circle of life, Texas-Gilead style?
  3. Your daughters hate you enough, Ted. Why don’t you protect them better? Or maybe the question should be, why doesn’t your wife (you know, the one Trump called “a dog”) protect them from you?

I know he’d never answer, but as a parent, not protecting kids just doesn’t make sense to me.

More kids getting vaccinated means fewer older adults getting sick. Fewer adults getting sick means a faster path to herd immunity. How about you quit whining about what kids can’t do when you’re the ones creating that problem? They just want to go to school and be with their friends. Parents are supposed to want that for them, in the safest way possible.

Your bill is bs, #TurdCruz. If you refuse to protect your constituents, you need to resign and take your little wheelie bag back to Cancun.

[Photo by MEGA/GC Images]
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