Sen. Ted Cruz refused to cave to a reporter’s request that he put on a mask while addressing the media.
From the Washington Examiner:
“Would you mind putting a mask on for us?” an unidentified reporter asked the Texas Republican on Wednesday.
“Yeah, when I’m talking to the TV camera, I’m not going to wear a mask,” Cruz said. “All of us have been immunized.”
“It’d make us feel better,” a reporter responded.
“You’re welcome to step away if you’d like,” Cruz said. “The whole point of a vaccine — CDC guidance is what we’re following.”
Every other person around Cruz was wearing a mask, though they were not addressing the media at the time.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidelines for vaccinated people:
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that people who are “fully vaccinated can gather indoors without physical distancing or wearing masks” when with others who are fully vaccinated or with unvaccinated people from one other household.
Cruz has been involved in a few dust ups over masks since the pandemic began over a year ago. In October, a CNN reporter asked Cruz to wear a mask during a press gaggle to which the Texas Senator bluntly said “no.”
Cruz reasoned that he did not have to wear a mask when more than six feet away from the reporter.
In November, Cruz defended Senate colleague Sen. Dan Sullivan after Sullivan was chided by Sen. Sherrod Brown for not wearing a mask while speaking in front of the Senate.
Cruz called Brown a “complete ass” for making the scene, noting that Sullivan was far away from the nearest person.
“This is idiotic. @SherrodBrown is being a complete ass. He wears a mask to speak—when nobody is remotely near him—as an ostentatious sign of fake virtue,” Cruz said on Twitter of the incident.
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