Vaccine mandates, depending on who you listen to, are either the tool that will restore normal day-to-day life in the United States and save countless lives, or an early sign of the end of freedom as we know it. Then there’s Ted Cruz’s take, which falls outside either of those categories.
Cruz, like most Republicans in the Senate, got his COVID-19 vaccination earlier this year. According to Forbes, by mid-April only four Senators had not been immunized against the deadly virus, and one of those (Rick Scott of Florida) had said he planned to do so. Ted Cruz was not among those skipping the protective shot.
However, this hasn’t stopped him from campaigning against mandates that would ensure his constituents get vaccinated and protected against both the worst outcomes of the virus, and passing it along to others who may be more vulnerable. He’s even attacked Big Bird for efforts to help kids who might be afraid to get the vaccine.
Now, he’s claiming that the vaccine mandates aren’t about public health at all, but about distracting Americans from everything that went wrong in the exit from Afghanistan.
Ted Cruz says Joe Biden implemented a vaccine mandate to distract from Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/zIHEES5641
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) November 8, 2021
If Joe Biden and his administration were trying to divert attention from right-wing attacks on policy, a vaccine mandate had the opposite effect. Currently the Administration is being sued by 11 states, the New York Times reports, as Republicans wage war on COVID-19 precautions. Cruz is only one of many who have embraced conspiracy theories, citing ‘personal freedom’ or even religion as excuses to defy public health recommendations.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com