Ted Cruz is in hot water after he shared an insensitive meme on social media with his followers while the conditions in Texas is worsening steadily. The COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the state, and the morgues are filled with bodies; troops of the National Guard of Texas along with jail prisoners were enlisted to help with the multitude of bodies being brought to the morgues in a county in Texas. Along with that, queues of people stretched outside the Texas food banks, all of whom have been hit hard by the pandemic.
Cruz’s tweet came as a response to CDC’s warning about traveling to attend thanksgiving gatherings. Healthcare workers cautioned people to understand the importance of social distancing and to spend these holidays with the people they are currently residing with. Instead of being empathetic to the dire conditions in his state, the senator shared a meme of a turkey with words above it that dared people to try and cancel the Thanksgiving celebrations. This was his attempt to challenge those who are preaching against gatherings on the national holiday. In doing so, he became one of the many conservatives who are rebelling against the guidelines issued by the CDC and healthcare workers.
Many people took to social media to criticize the senator over his tone-deaf meme. One user berated him for ignoring the rising number of cases and deaths and in his state, while another pointed out that the number of deaths had reached a point that the National Guard and jail inmates had to be engaged to unload bodies at the morgue. They also condemned Cruz for ignoring all the people who had gathered outside the food banks; queues that extended as far as the eye could see, waiting for hours.
The conservatives have been mocking the COVID-19 guidelines and precautions for a long time, and now they are viewing these new warnings against thanksgiving congregations as an attempt of the left-wing to avoid celebrating the occasion. However, as a social media user aptly pointed out, those guidelines are essential if we want our loved ones to stay healthy. Perhaps the senator should take a moment to absorb the devastation taking place around him; maybe then he would avoid sharing such an insensitive meme.