Texas Sen. Ted Cruz received backlash over the weekend for tweeting a “come and take it” Thanksgiving meme while morgues in the state are overflowing with COVID-19 victims. Food banks in the state are being hammered ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, so much so that the food giveaway last week was its largest ever to date. Over two hundred and fifty thousand Americans have died from the disease, but Cruz took to Twitter to dare people to take the Thanksgiving holiday from him.
The CDC notes, “The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pleaded with Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. But do go off, Ted.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 22, 2020
The reality of COVID:
BREAKING: Texas National Guard troops arrive to provide mortuary support to El Paso.
A unit of 36 soldiers have been assigned to help work through a backlog of close to 240 bodies at the county morgue. pic.twitter.com/fkxXuY8Rs7
— Keenan Willard (@KeenanKFOX_CBS) November 21, 2020
People are struggling to put food on the table:
Thousands of cars lined up to collect food in Dallas, Texas, over the weekend, stretching as far as the eye can see. pic.twitter.com/xLFGOcBkPK
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 16, 2020
Yesterday, the Texas Division of Emergency Management announced that a team from the National Guard had been mobilized to “provide mortuary affairs support” because there are more dead bodies than the state government can handle.
And you play tough guy about a turkey. https://t.co/m4ppaW4ra7
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) November 22, 2020
Weird how you’ll stand up for everyone’s right to get sick with covid on thanksgiving, but not for your own wife.
— Jay Black (@jayblackisfunny) November 22, 2020
Is Ted Cruz…offering me a turkey? https://t.co/yqYsfjlEL2
— hbomberguy (@Hbomberguy) November 23, 2020
8 million additional people have fallen below the poverty line since May, millions more can’t afford rent and we’re still doing this vapid culture war bullshit. Awesomehttps://t.co/WEHfNHAGx1
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) November 22, 2020
Come and take it…but only if you’re willing to wait for hours in a line with thousands of your fellow starving Texans. https://t.co/gzHELQ5GHC
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) November 22, 2020
Texas food banks: we’re overwhelmed with thousands needing help
Ted Cruz: Haha. I have a turkey. Eff everyone else. https://t.co/ETdN73nONh
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) November 22, 2020
— Abandoned America 🏚️🇺🇲 (@abandonedameric) November 22, 2020
Meanwhile, the White Houe is planning a holiday party while Americans are self-isolating. Cruz’s lack of empathy mirrors that of the president. You can still enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this week. But, let’s not see grandpa and grandma this year so that we can see them again.