On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asserted there should be “no COVID mandates,” especially no mask or vaccine mandates, as he addressed the controversial guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), telling vaccinated Americans to mask up.
“The Biden administration wants every American to wear a mask. Doesn’t matter if you’ve been vaccinated. Even if you’ve been vaccinated, they say you got to wear a mask,” Cruz stated in the video, as news clips of the CDC recommending fully vaccinated people to wear masks “if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission,” are featured within.
“This is, not to put too fine a point on it, crap. This isn’t science,” Cruz said, adding there should be “no COVID mandates.”
Cruz goes on to say, “No vaccine mandates. The government has no business forcing you to take this vaccine. No mask mandates and no vaccine passports.”
Cruz acknowledged that he had been vaccinated; he points out it was a “personal choice.”
“That’s a personal choice that you can make for your life and your family. We believe in freedom. We believe in individual responsibility. You can make this choice,” he then mocked Democrats on Capitol Hill for engaging in “Kabuki theater.”
“Just about everyone’s been vaccinated, and yet they’re putting on their masks to show just how submissive and compliant they are to this new government edict. It doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “We can take common-sense steps to defeat COVID-19. That’s a good thing.”
He added, “But giving up our freedom to over-controlling government bureaucrats who want to shut down our schools, shut down our businesses, shut down our churches, and shut down our lives, the Democrats have done of that this year.”
The CDC director Rochelle Walensky made headlines last week after she said the Biden administration is “looking into” a federal coronavirus vaccine mandate.
“That’s something that I think the administration is looking into,” she said when asked if she was “for” mandating a vaccine on a federal level.
“It’s something that I think we’re looking to see approval of from the vaccine. Overall, I think in general, I am all for more vaccination. But, I have nothing further to say on that except that we’re looking into those policies,” she continued.
However, the backlash following her remarks led to her clarification claiming she was “referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government.”
She added, “There will be no federal mandate.”
President Biden announced last week the vaccination rules for federal workers, which require proof of vaccination or remain subject to mask mandates and strict testing.