Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been wrong about many, many things in his time. A prediction he made back in July might just take the cake, hoewver.
During an interview on July 22, Cruz told The Hill that if Joe Biden won the presidential election in November, Democratic leaders would stop caring about the virus that same week.
"I'll guarantee you the week after the election suddenly all those Democratic governors, all those Democratic mayors will say everything's magically better."
"Go back to work. Go back to school. Suddenly the problems are solved."
"I guarantee you..." https://t.co/HRjKjtrziV— Bad COVID-19 Takes (@Bad COVID-19 Takes)1606090538.0
Of course, Cruz turned out to be dead wrong.
Several weeks removed from the election, the pandemic is more serious in the U.S. than it has ever been.
Many states are issuing additional restrictions and partially shutting down.
@BadCOVID19Takes Well, Ted, I want to see you eat some crow!!!!! Will you do that for us????— Jeri Mallory (@Jeri Mallory)1606148043.0
@BadCOVID19Takes With people dying from COVID at record numbers, I sincerely hope Texas voters note his response to… https://t.co/W2Xw7cLaec— Dave (@Dave)1606148185.0
@BadCOVID19Takes Well, that aged well.....— Adrian Galli (@Adrian Galli)1606147739.0
In this case, as in so many others, Cruz's prediction seems based on what he would do rather than what a responsible person might do.
@BadCOVID19Takes That’s a lot of refined bullpucky! https://t.co/mkiHqwROXQ— egopotato (@egopotato)1606148272.0
@BadCOVID19Takes Mr. Know It All—Wrong— Martin Moran (@Martin Moran)1606147521.0
The resurfaced clip did very little to help Cruz's reputation online.
@BadCOVID19Takes I wonder it it hurts to consistently be this wrong. @tedcruz— Ramon A Palacios (@Ramon A Palacios)1606146639.0
@BadCOVID19Takes Ted Cruz can get away with making insane claims like this one because the GOP base doesn't care if… https://t.co/j7s5DzYmTq— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1606100413.0
@BadCOVID19Takes This guy— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼)1606099630.0
For many, the video offered a perfect insight into why Cruz's opinions on public health shouldn't be taken seriously.
@BadCOVID19Takes Looks like @tedcruz was wrong, cynical, and he shouldn’t have been part of these dishonest attempt… https://t.co/zF7q8arL2P— Kurt Busiek (@Kurt Busiek)1606093537.0
@BadCOVID19Takes I think the best part of this horribly awful take is that it was the opposite. As soon as Election… https://t.co/UHE2GvZHU4— JeffandElf (@JeffandElf)1606091099.0
@JeffandElf @BadCOVID19Takes This is what happened in Iowa. Our governor did nothing before the election and when R… https://t.co/1fQGSLKoJz— mary sanders (@mary sanders)1606093004.0
Suffering Texans would do well to remember Cruz's hot take and hold him accountable for it down the line.
@BadCOVID19Takes Ted Cruz should suffer a lifetime of scorn and humiliation just for that. Of course then he posts… https://t.co/r5nnj9hEWI— Quarantined and unbalanced (@Quarantined and unbalanced)1606090675.0
@shachar_baron @BadCOVID19Takes @KevinMKruse Most Republicans either don't believe Covid-19 is real, or isn't that big of a deal. Smh— Robert Scherer (@Robert Scherer)1606137067.0
With virus cases reaching record highs and deaths on the rise, it's more important than ever that American leadership, even Republican Senators like Ted Cruz, can unify to slow the spread of the disease.