Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, confounded Washington state and Western Australia by announcing that Democrats had banned the dancing, in a tweet he has since deleted.
Cruz shared a tweet from the conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson includes a screenshot of a Facebook comment in which the government of Western Australia (known by its initials WA, as well as the US state in the Pacific Northwest) advises a woman to “absolutely not allowed to dance” on New Year’s Eve in an area with strict COVID rules.
Cruz apparently mistook “Government of WA” to mean the state of Washington and faked that its leaders banned the dancing.
“The Dems of the Blue State are autocratic killers in love with power,” he wrote before taking down the tweet. “Washington State: UNALLOWED!!! Any rational and free citizen: Pee.”
Cruz’s congressional colleagues mocked the senator, who openly discussed President’s Will, for not fact-checking even the bare minimum before posting.
“Since @tedcruz deleted this post, I’m posting this as a reminder to all of us PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE posting misinformation” tweeted Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
Cruz earlier this year attacked Australia for its strict COVID restrictions before being brought to the attention of an Australian official.
“I always say Australia is the Texas of the Pacific,” Cruz wrote before arguing that “their current government’s Covid tyranny is shameful and sad. Personal freedom matters. I’m on the side of the Australian people.”
Michael Gunner, Australia’s Northern Territory Minister – who appeared in a video shared by Cruz – countered that “we don’t need your lectures.”
“Here are some facts,” Gunner wrote. “Nearly 70,000 Texans have tragically died from Covid. No deaths in the Territory.” “You don’t know us. And if you’re against a lifesaving vaccine, then you’re definitely hell not standing with Australia. I love Texas (go Longhorns), but when it comes to COVID, I’m happy. because we are nothing like you.”
Cruz, who considers himself Trump’s Clear Heir after losing the 2016 Republican nomination amid Trump’s relentless mockery, spent months stoking conservative outrage over COVID and vaccine restrictions.
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Last month Cruz lashed out at “Sesame Street”‘s Big Bird after the beloved Muppet appeared in a PSA vaccine ad.
“Government propaganda…for your 5 year olds!” Cruz tweeted.
In November, Cruz accused Dr Anthony Fauci of lying to Congress, which Fauci has repeatedly denied, and even suggested that the government’s top infectious disease expert should be prosecuted. Fauci return fire in an interview with CBS News.
“I have to laugh at that. Should I be prosecuted? What happened on January 6, Senator?” Fauci said, referring to Cruz’s role in voting to block President Biden’s certification of winning the election. “I’m just doing my job and I’ll save lives and they’ll lie.”
Cruz’s continued criticism of the Democratic Party’s efforts to control the spread of COVID is somewhat ironic because he once claimed under the Trump administration that the pandemic alarm was just a partisan attack. aimed at the Republican Party.
“If the outcome is Biden wins in November – I hope he doesn’t, I don’t think he will – but if he does, I assure you the week after the election, suddenly all All those Democratic governors, all those Democratic mayors, would say, “Things are magically better. Let’s get back to work. Back to school. Suddenly all problems are solved.” Cruz announced in July 2020. “You won’t have to wait for Biden to be sworn in.”
MSNBC Host Chris Hayes Cruz reminded of his failed prediction earlier this year, noting that it was “absolutely, utterly, wrong in every conceivable way.”
“But it’s too revealing,” said Hayes. “Because Ted Cruz himself only sees the pandemic through the lens of politics. And so he projects it on other people. He thinks Democrats too.”
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