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Ted Cruz storms into Sesame Street as he ‘aggressively advocates’ vaccinating children under five, giving Elmo a shot, saying they have ‘ZERO scientific evidence’
Senator Ted Cruz’s war on Sesame Street resumed Tuesday after the Texan Republican saw the fictional muppet Elmo had been vaccinated against COVID-19. Thanks @sesamestreet for letting parents have questions! Then you have @elmo an aggressive advocate for vaccinating children UNDER 5,” Cruz tweeted. “But you are NOT citing any scientific evidence for this.”
Elmo (pictured), who has been a Sesame Street character for decades, is only 3 years old. The Sesame Street Twitter account posted a video earlier Tuesday encouraging parents to talk to their pediatrician if they were concerned about vaccinating young children, as those shots became available earlier this month.
The video features Elmo and his father Louie discussing Louie’s decision to have his son vaccinated. It’s okay to have questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children! Elmo’s father Louie spoke to their pediatrician and learned that vaccinating Elmo is the best way to keep him and his entire neighborhood safe and healthy!” the tweet said.
Cruz referred people to his website and a letter he and other Republican lawmakers wrote in early June that questioned Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf and members of the advisory committee on vaccines and related biologics about the need for COVID-19. vaccines for children under the age of five. approved under an Emergency Use Authorization. One of the questions the GOP lawmakers wanted to answer was “how will the FDA evaluate potential tradeoffs of serious vaccine injuries versus severe COVID outcomes?”
Cruz’s tweet on Tuesday comes after he said in November that Sesame Street was “spreading government propaganda… for your 5-year-old!” The crime then was a tweet sent by Big Bird revealing that he had been vaccinated. “I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing hurts a bit, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that will keep me and others healthy,” said Big Bird, adding that he had been told he’d been given vaccines for disease “since I was a little bird.” .’ ‘I had no idea!’ Big Bird volunteered.
Cruz’s attempt to take down Big Bird was quickly parodied on Saturday Night Live. “I’m a senator from Texas and the last to be invited to Thanksgiving Ted Cruz,” said cast member Aidy Bryant. “For 50 years I stood by when Sesame Street taught our kids dangerous ideas like numbers and kindness, but when Big Bird told the kids to get vaccinated against a deadly disease, I said enough.” Bryant’s Cruz created ‘Cruz Street’. “It’s a gated community, where children are safe from the awakened government,” said the SNL artist. “Get an eagle and a rifle!” she added as she sang along with the Cruz Street children’s group. Later in the skit, Pete Davidson appears as controversial podcast host Joe Rogan, who peddles “equestrian drugs” and zinc to a large bird and complains about vaccine side effects.