That is until Ted Cruz decided to play the Grinch. (Revisión de hechos: The Grinch is NOT a Muppet.)
“Gracias, @sesamestreet for saying parents are allowed to have questions
,” tweeted Cruz
. (Elmo’s dad
, Luis, appears in the video noting that
“I had a lot of questions about Elmo getting the Covid vaccine
. Was it safe
? Was it the right decision
? I talked to our pediatrician so I could make the right choice.
” también, who knew Elmo had a dad
The Texas Republican senator then went on: “You then have @elmo aggressively advocate for vaccinating children UNDER 5. But you cite ZERO scientific evidence for this.” He then links to a press release from his office in which he demands answers from the Food and Drug Administration about its emergency use authorization of the vaccine for kids under 5.
Can you say “Elmo aggressively advocating” niños? It’s a tough one!
Asombrosamente (or maybe not, knowing Cruz) this isn’t Cruz’s first fight with a Muppet — although the last time he picked on someone more his size.
Back in November
, an 8-foot-2 yellow fowl tuiteó
esta: “I got the COVID-19 vaccine today
! My wing is feeling a little sore
, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.
sí, Big Bird got vaccinated. And Ted Cruz was on the case!
“Government propaganda…for your 5 edad,” he clapped back.
Taking on Elmo and Big Bird — all within a year — over the Covid vaccine means Cruz is up to something. Something political.
Here’s what he is doing: Cruz knows that Covid-19 generally — and the vaccine for the virus specifically — has become hugely political. Conservatives have rallied around the idea that the aggressive vaccination efforts are not a public health matter but rather a massive government overreach designed to tell you what is best for your family.
(I’ll note here that Covid-19 has killed more than 1 million people nationwide
. And that Covid-19 is the 2nd leading cause of death
— behind heart disease
— de acuerdo con la Petersen-KFF Health Systems tracker
. And that Covid-19 is the 4th leading cause of death among kids aged
And Cruz also knows that if he wants to have a chance at being the Republican presidential nomination — and he does — that he needs to get right with the Trumpist base of the party. And the quickest way to do that is to follow a blueprint laid out by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: Get knee deep in the culture wars.
Asi que, seguro, it’s a little weird for a grown man to pick a fight with two puppets — even if one of them es 8 pies de altura — but Cruz knows that for the base he is trying to attract, this stuff is like catnip. Which is why he’ll likely keep doing it.
Cuidado, Cookie Monster. You could be next.