During an appearance on the Fox News program Sunday Morning Futures over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) presented a smorgasbord of ridiculous conspiracy theories to the point that he insisted that “Joe Biden and his minions” have worked to “cover up the facts” surrounding the origins of COVID-19 — although for most of the pandemic, Biden was just a private citizen, so it’s unclear how exactly he would have led some sort of systematic suppression of evidence.
Based on email correspondence documenting attempts at a fact-sharing collaboration between Facebook and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, Cruz also bizarrely insisted that Facebook has been censoring people “on behalf of the government” through their policies about what is and isn’t allowed to be shared on their site. Throughout the pandemic, Fauci and other public officials have been in contact with a dizzying array of non-governmental figures — and yet contact between Fauci and Facebook is supposed to be some kind of special threat? Seriously?
Cruz claimed that the Facebook-Fauci cooperative censorship that he insisted was present “is clear,” which is simply not the case. He is, by all appearances, making a conjectural connection between the Facebook-Fauci communications and the fact that Facebook has enforced content standards for what’s allowed on its site.
As he conspiratorially put it:
‘It now is clear that Facebook was operating at the direction of and in the direct benefit of the federal government, and operating as the government censor, utilizing their monopoly position to censor on behalf of the government. That’s a very dangerous admission that is now out there for Facebook because it means anybody in the country, or anybody in the world whose statements, whose speech was censored by Facebook — if you went out and posted the facts that led a year ago to the very strong likelihood that the COVID virus escaped from a Chinese government lab in Wuhan, China — if you posted that a year ago, and they took it down, I think there’s a very good argument you have a cause of action against Facebook.’
Elaborating further, Cruz claimed that there’s a “very strong argument that Facebook is operating as a state agency,” which he insisted “opens very significant legal liability” — which is just bonkers. Cruz also claimed, in reference to the supposedly compelling evidence that COVID-19 emerged from a lab, that “Joe Biden and his minions in the press including Facebook and Big Tech did everything to cover up the facts” — but again, where’s the evidence of this supposed cover-up scheme? Cruz has plenty of self-assured conspiracy theories, with little backing it all up.
Watch his comments below: