Many Republican leaders continue to completely fail to take the Coronavirus pandemic as seriously as it deserves. According to one prominent tally, over 165,000 Americans have died, and throughout the course of the pandemic, many of those who have survived a Coronavirus infection have been left with lasting health problems, while millions of Americans have also lost their jobs. Despite these paradigm-shattering problems, this Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to Twitter to mock the idea of getting struggling Americans the support that many actually need. Cruz promptly got a cascade of criticism for his staggeringly brazen, tone-deaf insensitivity to the fact that Americans are struggling to meet basic needs right this minute while he complains on Twitter.
He was replying to a proposal from Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey (D), who said that every person in the country should receive “$2000/month for the duration of the pandemic, $2000/month for 3 months after that, and $2000/month retroactive to March.” The Aspen Institute’s Zach Neumann, founder of the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, “estimates that of the 110 million Americans who live in rental housing, at least 30 million are at risk of eviction by the end of September,” as NPR explains. That is a staggering level of economic upheaval — but Cruz refused to take Markey’s subsequent concern seriously.
‘Why be so cheap? Give everyone $1 million a day, every day, forever. And three soy lattes a day. And a foot massage. We have a magic money tree — we should use it!’
Hundreds of Americans are dying each and every day, and, again, millions have lost their jobs — and this belittling nonsense is how Cruz is responding.
Why be so cheap? Give everyone $1 million a day, every day, forever. And three soy lattes a day. And a foot massage.
We have a magic money tree — we should use it! https://t.co/0ODgPBhc4O
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 10, 2020
Markey directly responded to Cruz. The Massachusetts Senator replied:
‘It’s not a goddamn joke Ted. Millions of families are facing hunger, the threat of eviction, and the loss of their health care during a pandemic that is worsening every day. Get real.’
It's not a goddamn joke Ted. Millions of families are facing hunger, the threat of eviction, and the loss of their health care during a pandemic that is worsening every day. Get real. https://t.co/z6ygY8lSxc
— Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) August 10, 2020
Negotiations over a potential new Coronavirus-connected economic relief package have stalled out on Capitol Hill. Democrats have been demanding measures like financial support for state and local governments, and Republicans have, by all appearances, largely refused to budge.
Check out Twitter’s response to Cruz’s latest nonsense below: