- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 25, 2021

A vaccinated Sen. Ted Cruz has a message for skittish reporters who want him to wear a mask while talking to the press: too bad.

The Texas Republican, for all intents and purposes, told a reporter who said he would “feel better” if he would wear a mask despite his COVID-19 inoculation that he was being absurd.

“Would you mind putting a mask on for us?” Mr. Cruz was asked.

“When I’m talking to the TV camera I’m not going to wear a mask, and all of us have been immunized,” he replied.

An appeal to emotion to make the gaggle of reporters “feel better” did not sway him.

“You’re welcome to step away if you like,” he retorted. “The whole point of a vaccine — CDC guidance is what we’re following.”

Mr. Cruz then added while sharing the video on Twitter: “Lefty reporters have lost their minds. #commonsense.”

The senator’s comments echo those of his colleague, Sen. Rand Paul, who lambasted Dr. Anthony Fauci during a recent Senate hearing on COVID-19 policies.

“You’re telling everybody to wear a mask, whether they’ve had an infection or a vaccine,” Mr. Paul said March 18. “What I’m saying is that they have immunity, and everybody agrees they have immunity. What studies do you have that people that have had the vaccine or have had the infection or the vaccine are spreading the infection? If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? You’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?”

The infectious disease expert replied by noting potential risks associated with mutations in the virus.

“You’re not hearing what I’m saying about variants, we’re talking about wild-type vs. variants,” Dr. Fauci replied. 

“You parade around in two masks for show,” the Kentucky Republican said. “You can’t get it again. There’s virtually a zero percent chance you’re going to get it and yet you’re telling people that have the vaccine, who have immunity — you’re defying everything we know about immunity by telling people to wear masks who have been vaccinated.”

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