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Ted Cruz just picked a fight with a Muppet. Again.

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Ted Cruz just picked a fight with a Muppet. Again.

“Elmo acquired the COVID vaccine today, just like Elmo’s mommy and daddy!” tweeted the puppet. “Elmo’s daddy experienced a good deal of inquiries, but Elmo’s health practitioner said the vaccine would aid preserve Elmo wholesome, and all of Elmo’s buddies and spouse and children much too.”

Which, very well, great. Elmo is, allegedly 3 and a fifty percent a long time previous (whilst he has been that age for the improved section of the very last 4 many years of his existence, so I have some concerns…), and, thus, is recently eligible to be vaccinated against the virus. (Covid vaccines for these 5 and beneath began previous Tuesday.)

Getting a beloved childhood determine like Elmo vouch for the vaccine appears to be like a good way to allay the fears (of shots, of likely to the physician, etcetera) of youthful young children about obtaining the vaccine. A vaccine, I would take note, that the Centers for Illness Management and Avoidance has unanimously advisable and of which CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has said amounted to “another critical step forward in our nation’s fight in opposition to COVID-19.”

It was a come to feel-fantastic minute. Glimpse, the puppet bought vaccinated! It just felt like a “pinch.” Awww.

That is until finally Ted Cruz made a decision to engage in the Grinch. (Actuality test: The Grinch is NOT a Muppet.)

“Many thanks, @sesamestreet for expressing dad and mom are allowed to have concerns,” tweeted Cruz. (Elmo’s dad, Louis, appears in the video noting that “I had a lot of queries about Elmo obtaining the Covid vaccine. Was it safe and sound? Was it the right selection? I talked to our pediatrician so I could make the proper option.” Also, who understood Elmo experienced a father?!)

The Texas Republican senator then went on: “You then have @elmo aggressively advocate for vaccinating small children Below 5. But you cite ZERO scientific proof for this.” He then inbound links to a press launch from his workplace in which he demands responses from the Food items and Drug Administration about its crisis use authorization of the vaccine for little ones less than 5.

Can you say “Elmo aggressively advocating” children? It truly is a tricky just one!

Surprisingly (or it’s possible not, realizing Cruz) this isn’t Cruz’s to start with fight with a Muppet — though the previous time he picked on an individual extra his dimension.

Again in November, an 8-foot-2 yellow fowl tweeted this: “I acquired the COVID-19 vaccine these days! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’s going to give my system an extra protective improve that retains me and other folks healthier.”

Of course, Huge Bird obtained vaccinated. And Ted Cruz was on the case!

“Govt propaganda…for your 5 yr outdated,” he clapped again.

Getting on Elmo and Big Hen — all in a 12 months — over the Covid vaccine suggests Cruz is up to a thing. One thing political.

Here’s what he is executing: Cruz knows that Covid-19 commonly — and the vaccine for the virus particularly — has come to be massively political. Conservatives have rallied all around the idea that the intense vaccination efforts are not a public well being make any difference but fairly a enormous federal government overreach intended to tell you what is greatest for your family.

(I am going to notice below that Covid-19 has killed much more than 1 million individuals nationwide. And that Covid-19 is the 2nd leading result in of death — guiding coronary heart disorder — according to the Petersen-KFF Well being Methods tracker. And that Covid-19 is the 4th leading result in of death among the young ones aged 5-14.)

And Cruz also knows that if he desires to have a probability at becoming the Republican presidential nomination — and he does — that he wants to get ideal with the Trumpist foundation of the party. And the fastest way to do that is to stick to a blueprint laid out by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: Get knee deep in the tradition wars.

So, certain, it is really a tiny bizarre for a developed male to select a fight with two puppets — even if one of them is 8 feet tall — but Cruz is familiar with that for the foundation he is making an attempt to appeal to, this things is like catnip. Which is why he’ll possible hold carrying out it.

Check out out, Cookie Monster. You could be future.

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