[COMMENTARY] Twitter Trashes Ted Cruz For Terrible Tweets
It’s always a good day when Texas Senator Ted Cruz gets ratioed on Twitter, which happens fairly often. On Thursday, it happened again because Cruz seems to believe no women have ever died as a result of complications from pregnancy. The self-avowed Pro-Lifer liked being pregnant to being sick, tweeting “Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease.”
Cruz was referring to Mifiprex, a drug that blocks the hormone progesterone, which is needed for pregnancy to continue. When used in combination with another medicine called misoprostol, Mifiprex is used to end a pregnancy before approximately up to 70 days since the first day of the last menstrual period. Cruz’s argument is that this particular drug shouldn’t exist because it neither cures nor prevents any diseases.
Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease. Make no mistake, Mifeprex is a dangerous pill. That’s why 20 of my Republican colleagues and I are urging @US_FDA to classify it as such.https://t.co/zDZoCKKg9S
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 2, 2020
But learning about how icky girl parts work is not the milieu of the Republican Party, because abortion is their favorite hot-button issue to press. And it’s a particularly effective distraction even in the middle of a pandemic, record unemployment, and a contentious presidential race.
Twitter took up the mantle to school Cruz on why he’s once again wrong about what women want and need.
Pregnancy isn’t a disease but pretty sure Ted Cruz is.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) September 3, 2020
If men could get pregnant, Ted Cruz would change his tune about pregnancy, abortions would be legal EVERYWHERE, and Viagra would be illegal. pic.twitter.com/qov2cKMrMZ
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 3, 2020
Not all of the hot takes on Ted were funny jabs. Plenty of women took the opportunity to tell him about their own difficult pregnancies and other healthcare issues that they might not have survived without an abortion or the use of drugs to discontinue their pregnancy naturally. Singer Chely Wright shared her scary experience with pre-eclampsia, a common complication that can rapidly become life-threatening without proper medical treatment.
I had preeclampsia when I was pregnant with my twin sons & my condition deteriorated so rapidly that I had to have an emergency C-Section at 3 o’clock in the morning.
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) September 3, 2020
No less than the President of NARAL chimed in as well.
Ted Cruz has never been pregnant and clearly knows nothing about maternal mortality rates in the US or in Texas. People die in childbirth at an unconscionable rate, especially women of color. Not from medication abortion. Sadly, knowledge is not a prerequisite for power. https://t.co/EjER9RGfXC
— ilyseh (@ilyseh) September 3, 2020
Oh man when I started hemorrhaging and needed emergency surgery 7 weeks postpartum, I wish Ted Cruz had been there with me lying on the bathroom floor to tell me my life wasn’t threatened. https://t.co/jozVa9S0Lp
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) September 3, 2020
Cruz continued to double down on his stance on Wednesday, chiding USA Today for recycling old quotes (as if it made them less true) and trying to rationalize the GOP’s continued insistence on interfering with women’s healthcare when they never seem to police the mens’. This irony wasn’t lost on Twitter, either, as the Viagra jokes flowed like…well, let’s just the pundits get the last word here.
Ted Cruz has an extraordinarily perverted obsession with the reproductive systems of women he’s never met.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 3, 2020
We performed an exorcism on Ted Cruz. It did not work. pic.twitter.com/US0fqN52XK
— The Good Liars (@TheGoodLiars) September 3, 2020