To provide more context for Cruz statementHe said in part, “The CDC, months ago, rightly concluded that vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks because the purpose of a vaccine is not to get the disease. That decision was correct. Science has not changed. The only thing that has changed is politics. A year and a half ago, the CDC was one of the most respected scientific and medical organizations in the country, if not the most respected. Today, the CDC’s credibility is in tatters because the CDC leadership has been willing to allow science to become politicized. We have seen Dr. Fauci take practically every position on practically every issue under the sun. “
Later in the same speech, he added: “My point of view is simple: we should not have mandates. What does that mean? That means there is no mask command. That means there are no vaccine mandates. “After sharing that he himself has been vaccinated, he accused Senate Democrats of” theater “by reverting to masks after CDC guidance, saying,” We saw the Democrats putting on masks, not because the vaccine suddenly stopped working yesterday, but it was working two days ago. No. Because now it is a sign of virtue of submission to wear a mask. “
Here’s his address in video form, covering a full seven minutes.
Kaine managed to make his way smoothly to Cruz’s theater in about three minutes, noting that he wanted to share a “correction” in response to Cruz. In response to Cruz, Kaine said in part: “That’s downright ridiculous. In his comment, he never said anything about the delta variant. He never said anything about the increase in cases in Texas, Virginia and elsewhere. It did not acknowledge that the Texas Department of Health Services, before the CDC, still recommends that people wear masks because of the delta variant.
“You may have opinions on the power of the delta variant and we can discuss them. But when you say that the CDC’s action yesterday was purely based on politics and unrelated to the surge in the delta variant that is hospitalizing people in near-record numbers and killing too many Americans … I’m only concerned about people who they’re looking at an audience like this.
“When they think that their government representatives are destroying government institutions and claim that they are only acting out of politics when we are in the midst of such a challenging peak in the pandemic, the effect of those comments is to weaken people’s beliefs. in the institutions of this country. And these institutions are not perfect because humans are not perfect. But I have lived in a military dictatorship. I have seen how other people live. I just don’t think we should unnecessarily trash our health agencies as they are trying to recommend in difficult circumstances ways that people can be safe. “
He summarized his statement, noting: “We are just trying to do the best we can to keep people safe. And I don’t know why people are trying to undermine that. “
Here is Kaine’s statement:
Mind you, Cruz is far from the only Republican who gets angry about wearing masks. For example, we saw his fellow Texas Republican Chip Roy stir up hysteria because his staff were “arrested” for their refusal to follow the guidelines of the US Capitol Police. Fellow members of his own party, before several House Republicans will march unmasked into the Senate Houses, where masks are technically only recommended, not required. In the past few days, we’ve also seen Republicans like QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Lauren Boebert. put on a show to be anti-mask.
In an ideal world, these people would not have a national, if not international, platform to spit out their dangerous conspiracy theories and fears. But they do, and vulnerable people can believe them and follow suit. That is part of the News Block we have to fight misinformation every day and lead with truth, responsibility and resistance.