A serious and largely unacknowledged problem that the United States and its democracy faces is the near-constant promotion of easily disproven falsehoods by its Republican politicians. The most embarassing and disgraceful lies often come from men like Ted Cruz, a Harvard Law School graduate who nevertheless is now sharing articles with inciting comments without even reading it first.
On Sunday evening, the Texas Senator shared a CNBC article on the recent slew of Southwest Airline flight cancellations, blaming everything on President Biden and his “illegal vaccine mandate.”
Joe Biden’s illegal vaccine mandate at work!
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 10, 2021
But of course, the article doesn’t say anything of the sort — as the author of the piece was quick to point out:
Hi, Senator. I wrote that article. Where did you hear that there is a shortage due to the vaccine mandate?
— Leslie Josephs (@lesliejosephs) October 11, 2021
It is wildly infuriating to see elected officials spreading fear-mongering lies and misinformation about something as vital as vaccination rates; Cruz and his fellow Republicans are essentially saying they would rather see their own constiuents get sick and die — the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths these days come from red states with low vaccination rates — then lose out on an opportunity to score a few cheap political points or lose out on credibility with a sociopathic radical like Donald Trump.
It turns out the weather and air-traffic control issues were largely responsible for the disruption — but who’s got time for the truth when there’s a disease that’s still killing 1,500 people a day to protect?