Ted Cruz Says Americans Shouldn’t Have To “Show Papers” To Go About Their Lives
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) says that Americans should not have to “show papers” to the government in order to go about their lives and regular activities. While he’s talking about vaccine passports, this position seems to contradict his views on voting rights.
In the clip below, Cruz says he’s against so-called ‘vaccine passports’ that would allow restaurants and other venues to determine whether a customer had been vaccinated against COVID-19 before allowing them to enter. He says that “basic activities of life” shouldn’t require one to show documentation.
No COVID mandates.
No mask mandates.
No vaccine mandates.
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. pic.twitter.com/HwEAW6mE2C
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 5, 2021
Of course, Americans use official documents every day to prove that they have passed a test to qualify for the privilege of driving a vehicle, and that they have insured and paid taxes on that vehicle. Americans show vaccine records to enter school and colleges, and in some cases for travel or employment.
Cruz hasn’t weighed in on these examples of “showing papers” in order to go about “basic activities of life.”
Ironically, he has weighed in on another issue where Americans being required to provide documentation is controversial — voter ID laws. Ironically, he’s in favor of those, despite the mountains of evidence that they are skewed to disproportionately affect historically excluded groups, including POC and low-income voters.
In fact, here he is just a few months ago, saying that people need to produce documents to prove their eligibility to vote — and asserting that the majority of Americans want this to involve photo ID at the polls.
77% of Americans support requiring photo ID to vote.
That’s because unlike Congressional Democrats, the vast majority of Americans understand that voter ID prevents fraud and protects the integrity of our elections. pic.twitter.com/77vfga9tSc
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) May 11, 2021
Unlike driving, and unlike entering a business establishment of your choice, voting is, notably, a Constitutional right.