Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is being haunted by a previous prediction he made about the future of the COVID-19 pandemic if President Joe Biden were to win the election. As Delta variant cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the country at alarming rates, Cruz is being reminded of how he envisioned the pandemic ending if Democrats managed to win in November 2020.
Speaking to The Hill last July exactly one year ago, the Texas lawmaker claimed the pandemic might magically disappear if Democrats won the presidential election.
“If it ends up that Biden wins in November — I hope he doesn’t, I don’t think he will — but if he does, I 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 all the problems are solved.’ You won’t to have to wait for Biden to be sworn in. All they’ll need is Election Day and suddenly their willingness to just destroy people’s lives and livelihoods, they will have accomplished their task. That’s wrong. It’s cynical. And we shouldn’t be a part of it.”
His claim was, essentially, that Democrats were fabricating their concern about the virus in order to hurt Trump’s re-election chances. It was clearly false then, but it has been definitively proven wrong in the meantime.
“I guarantee you…” https://t.co/HRjKjtrziV
— Bad COVID-19 Takes (@BadCOVID19Takes)
Cruz’s epic blunder wasn’t missed by news outlets or social media users. In fact, Twitter users wasted no time reminding him of his baseless comments as they tossed his words back at him.
“I guarantee you…”
Worst words ever spoken. And Cruz has spoken a lot of bad takes. #COVID19
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing)
“I guarantee” https://t.co/qszsJvFfic
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy)
I’m endlessly fascinated by political projection — in this case, some politicians who see policymaking as an arrow… https://t.co/vD6Xmh2ocm
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur)
This is so revealing. Because Cruz only views the pandemic thru a cynical political prism he can’t imagine anyone e… https://t.co/jGH0NnXZnT
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes)
This was a common take at the time, Trump made similar claims in speeches even as his own officials were begging st… https://t.co/8UaG6gZ4tE
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin)
I think @tedcruz genuinely believed this, because he is unable to imagine anybody has non-venal motives for governi… https://t.co/Bd48XRM55w
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait)
Despite Cruz’s prediction, the coronavirus is far from non-existent, and Democrats have been trying to fight the virus just as aggressively after the election as they were before.