A rising variety of US lawmakers from each events, amongst them Ted Cruz and Ilhan Omar, are taking goal at colleagues who’ve acquired the coronavirus jab, some arguing they needlessly reduce in entrance of essentially the most at-risk teams.
Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) was the most recent legislator to swear off the vaccine till extra susceptible populations have entry, tweeting on Monday night time that whereas he intends to obtain the jab, he would “wait till seniors and frontline employees have the chance to take it first,” at the same time as different lawmakers line as much as take one of many new inoculations forward of the broader public.
I’m deeply grateful for the docs & scientists who developed a Covid vaccine so rapidly.I intend to take the vaccine.However, as a result of I’m wholesome & comparatively younger, I’m going to attend till seniors & frontline employees have the chance to take it first. #WeWillGetThroughThis
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 22, 2020
Cruz’s assertion got here hours after Kentucky Senator and fellow Republican Rand Paul singled out progressive stalwart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) for taking the shot final week – broadcast dwell on Instagram – saying that “any younger, wholesome particular person” must be “among the many final” to take the vaccine, “not the primary.” Paul additionally vowed to permit high-risk teams to go forward of him, arguing that he already has immunity to the virus after contracting Covid-19 earlier this 12 months.
Ocasio-Cortez, 31, quickly fired again on the Senator, accusing his occasion of “undermining public religion in science” and insisting that “Leaders [should] present we gained’t ask others to do one thing we wouldn’t do ourselves.”
Gee, perhaps if the GOP hadn’t spent a lot time undermining public religion in science, masks,& COVID itself, I wouldn’t should weigh the potential misinfo penalties of what wld occur if leaders urged ppl to take a brand new vaccine that we weren’t taking ourselves!& @ me subsequent time https://t.co/roMnvkyvoT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 21, 2020
Republicans aren’t the one ones sounding alarms over the vaccine pecking order, nonetheless, with Ocasio-Cortez’s occasion ally Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) becoming a member of the fray on Sunday. A member of the progressive ‘Squad’ alongside Ocasio-Cortez, Omar mentioned it was “disturbing” to see different reps get the jab “whereas most frontline employees, aged and infirm in our districts” proceed to attend. She didn’t cite any lawmakers by identify.
“We’re not extra essential then [sic] frontline employees, lecturers and so forth. who’re making sacrifices on a regular basis,” Omar tweeted when requested whether or not congresspeople had been being vaccinated first resulting from “their age or their significance.”
It might make sense if it was age, however sadly it’s of significance and it is shameful…. Which is why I gained’t take it. Individuals who want it most, ought to get it. Full cease.
It’s now clear that we don’t have sufficient vaccines for everybody and there’s scarcity of provide, we’ve got to prioritize those that want it most.That’s why it’s disturbing to see members be 1st to get vaccine whereas most frontline employees, aged and infirm in our districts, wait. https://t.co/YGcL4jO1Li
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 20, 2020
It might is sensible if it was age, however sadly it’s of significance and its shameful.We’re not extra essential then frontline employees, lecturers and so forth. who’re making sacrifices on a regular basis. Which is why I gained’t take it.Individuals who want it most, ought to get it. Full cease. https://t.co/JQgMftm5wX
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 20, 2020
Outgoing Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) has additionally pledged to “stand in solidarity” with the aged and forgo the jab herself. In a sequence of tweets on Monday morning, she excoriated US well being officers as “heartless” and “smug” for prioritizing tens of millions of “wholesome” important employees over “our grandparents.”
“I had deliberate to get the vaccine however will now stand in solidarity with our seniors by not doing so till THEY can,” she mentioned.
I urge my colleagues who’re underneath 65 and wholesome to hitch me.
Regardless of the vocal objections in latest days, a litany of politicians have been granted early entry to the brand new vaccines, together with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence. Together with Ocasio-Cortez throughout the aisle, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida used his vaccination to advertise public confidence within the jabs, insisting they’re “secure and efficient.” Rubio, too, has come underneath fireplace for the transfer, with some netizens arguing the 49-year-old senator has “no recognized dangers” to the virus and may have saved his dose for anyone in a extra susceptible class.
You acquired the vaccine earlier than healthcare employees, first responders, & lecturers. That is completely abhorrent & exhibits how egocentric you’re, Marco. Rattling hypocrite.
— Andrew Goss 👊USAF👊 (@Goss30Goss) December 20, 2020
Whereas Rubio and different lawmakers had been tapped to obtain the vaccine first resulting from “continuity of presidency” protocols put into place after the September 11 assaults, that has accomplished little to quell the criticisms from inside the legislature. After Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced that lawmakers could be among the many first to get the vaccine final week, GOP Rep. Brian Mast (Florida) urged Congress to “cease treating itself as a particular political class” in a blistering assertion, including “leaders eat final.”
“Speaker Pelosi apparently by no means discovered this lesson – asking Individuals to attend to get vaccinated whereas Congress cuts the road is the alternative of management,” he mentioned.
Republican f*ckers who spent the final 8 months politicizing the corona virus, telling their constituent to not put on a masks, that it’s a hoax… getting the vaccine earlier than entrance line employees, well being care suppliers, lecturers, and so forth. simply pisses me off! Lindsey Graham & Marco Rubio pic.twitter.com/9N1oB50yzq
— Karamo (@Karamo) December 20, 2020
Republican Senator Joni Ernst additionally kicked up a storm of controversy after saying her vaccination on Twitter over the weekend. Although she mentioned it was accomplished on the behest of the state doctor, some critics savaged her for abusing her “affect” to leap the road, whereas others famous her prior opposition to sweeping coronavirus restrictions imposed by numerous governments throughout the US, in addition to skepticism of official loss of life figures.
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