Brace yourselves, because the media has a fresh angle of attack against Republicans who’ve decided to stop wearing a mask after they’ve been vaccinated, while on duty at the Capitol.
That was evidenced over this past week as The Hill — and other left-leaning media outlets — reported on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after he made the announcement that he no longer feels as though he should be required to wear a mask after being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
What’s going on?
You’ll continue to hear the new angle in the media over the coming weeks and months, as left-leaning networks are quick to point out that even after being vaccinated, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still advise the use of masks in public settings.
The Texas senator, who has joined other Republicans in criticizing the “experts,” like Dr. Anthony Fauci, for their inconsistent messaging regarding what Americans can and cannot do after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, made clear that he feels confident in dropping the mask.
“At this point, I’ve been vaccinated. Everybody working in the Senate has been vaccinated,” Cruz said in an interview, according to The Hill. “CDC has said in small groups, particularly with people who were vaccinated, don’t need to wear masks.”
At the crux of the argument on the Republican side is their insistence that there’s hardly a point in being vaccinated against COVID-19 if one can’t return to normal, maskless life.
Democrats and many in the left-leaning mainstream media, on the other hand, argue that masks are still needed, citing a number of experts who warn that there’s still a risk of transmission after being vaccinated.
Not his first rodeo
Cruz made headlines last month after his interaction with a reporter on Capitol Hill who asked the senator to don a mask while conducting a press conference. Cruz refused and offered a bit of commonsense advice to the reporter.
“Uh, yeah, when I’m talking in front of the TV cameras I’m not going to wear a mask,” Cruz said to the unidentified reporter who attempted to mask shame him. “And all of us have been immunized, so.”
Cruz went on: “You’re welcome to step away if you like. The whole point of a vaccine… CDC guidance is what we’re following.”
Currently, senators aren’t required to wear masks while on the Senate floor, but the House still requires its members to don a face covering while on the House floor. A majority of members of both chambers are still wearing masks; however, that trend could begin to shift in the coming weeks as Cruz seems to be the rebel leader against the imperial Democratic mask police.
It’s truly a shame that whether or not someone is wearing a face mask has become a center point of political controversy — but on the other hand, it’s 2021. At this point, nothing should surprise us.