Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas., was quick to dismiss a reporter’s request that he wear a mask during a Senate presser on Wednesday.
Cruz stepped up to the microphones, but was stopped before he could speak by the unidentified reporter asking, “Would you mind putting on a mask for us?”
“Yeah, when I’m talking to the TV camera, I’m not going to wear a mask,” Cruz responded. “All of us have been immunized, so…”
“It’d make us feel better,” the reporter is heard replying.
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“You’re welcome to step away if you’d like,” Cruz said before chuckling. “The whole point of the vaccine — CDC guidance is what we’re following.”
Conservatives praised Cruz and mocked the reporter on social media.
“Like a boss,” radio host Derek Hunter reacted.
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“‘It would make us feel better’ = muh feelings matter more than science,” Spectator USA editor Amber Athey tweeted.
“This is exactly how to respond to a performative virtue signaling reporter pretending to be scared of a vaccinated politician,” The Daily Wire’s Cabot Phillips said.
Cruz himself later tweeted, “Lefty reporters have lost their minds. #commonsense”