Ted Cruz Made Tasteless “Joke” About COVID-19 Financial Relief, Social Media Took Him To The Woodshed: “It’s Not A Godd*mn Joke Ted”

This didn't go down well for him.

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Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday had a slap fight on Twitter over the Democrat’s proposal to send $2,000 monthly payments to every American for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The thing is with Republicans, though, is that it’s OK to gift the wealthy with tax cuts, and allow big corporations to gobble up forgivable small business loans. Still, it’s not OK to help struggling Americans through the crippling pandemic. And let’s face it, $2,000 per month isn’t a lot of money during the financial crisis.

Last May, Markey joined Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in introducing a bill meant to provide a $2,000 monthly payment to those making up to $100,000 per year during the COVID-19 pandemic, and immediately afterward.

Markey took to Twitter to promote the bill.


But, Ted Cruz just had to be a dick about it. Cruz thinks he’s funny.

Markey let Cruz have it.

Twitter users piled in.

Americans are dying. Thirty million Americans are at risk of facing eviction. The homeless rate is about to spike. Food banks are being hammered as citizens in this country struggle to put food on the table. Nearly one hundred and sixty-three thousand Americans have died from COVID-19, and over five million have contracted the disease – and that trout-mouthed Texas Republican is making a “soy” joke. And that “magic money tree” that Cruz mentioned was certainly plentiful when he came time to throw our tax dollars at the wealthy. Someone needs to tell Ted that billionaires need us, but we don’t need them.

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