Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) ripped into a reporter after they asked why Cruz and his Republican colleagues were not wearing masks during a press conference on Tuesday.
Cruz said that it was hypocritical to question him and his colleagues about why they do not wear masks when speaking to the press while not asking the same question of President Joe Biden or White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who do have consistently not worn masks when speaking to the press.
Cruz responded, “And by the way, on the question of hypocrisy, you just asked, you people at the podium are speaking without masks. Just once, I’d like to see a reporter say to Joe Biden when he stands at the damn podium in the White House without a mask, ‘Mr. President, why aren’t you wearing a mask?’”
He continued, “Just once, I’d like to see you say to Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, when she stands at the podium with no mask, ‘Ms. Psaki, why don’t you have a mask?’ The questions are only directed at one side, and I got to say that the American people see the hypocrisy.”
Cruz commented on the “hypocrisy” of the Biden administration’s multiple COVID-19 measures before bringing up his issues with the press’ comments.
The Texas Senator said, “I think there’s been wild hypocrisy from the Biden administration when it comes to COVID policies [on] mask mandates where Joe Biden rightly said we shouldn’t have mandates, [on] vaccine mandates where Joe Biden said we shouldn’t have vaccine mandates. As far as I know, everyone here has been vaccinated, double vaccinated, been boosted at some point.”
Adding onto his criticism of Biden, Cruz took aim at Anthony Fauci for flip-flopping on his mask stance.
“I do know Dr. Fauci’s been all over the map about it. He’s said yes masks, no masks, he’s said, ‘Oh, I lied to the American people because they couldn’t handle it.’ At some point, the American people ought to be able to exercise their own freedom and make their decision,” Cruz said.
Sen. @tedcruz responds to a PBS reporter asking him why Senate Republicans aren’t wearing masks: “Just once, I’d like to see a reporter say to Joe Biden when he stands at the damn podium in the White House without a mask ‘Mr. President, why aren’t you wearing a mask?'” pic.twitter.com/qUZFD3ePCZ
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