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Sat Dec 4, 2021, 06:38 AM

Ted Cruz Is the Disease

When Sesame Street’s Big Bird announced early in November that he had been vaccinated against Covid-19, as part of an effort by public television stations to educate families about the availability of vaccines for children age 5 to 11, Texas Senator Ted Cruz blew a gasket.

The message from the beloved children’s character was a gentler take on what public health officials have been saying to reassure kids about the jabs: “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. Ms. @EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!”

But Cruz saw sinister machinations in the messaging. He labeled the Muppet’s announcement “Government propaganda…for your 5 year old!”

That earned the senator mockery from NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and from veteran Cruz watchers such as CNN’s Chris Cillizza, who wrote, “This is, in a word, dumb. The idea that Big Bird is some sort of Deep State propagandist is roughly as credible as the notion that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer. Or that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.” (The former charge was a popular social media meme when Cruz mounted his failed presidential bid in 2016, while the latter was amplified during the course of that year’s campaign by the Republican candidate who shredded Cruz in the race for the Republican nod, Donald Trump.)


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