Ted Cruz challenges AOC on science knowledge and gets owned by his creationism

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Americans are understandably concerned about Donald Trump’s decision to name Vice President Mike Pence the czar in charge of America’s coronavirus response. While Governor of Indiana, Pence failed to prevent a terrible HIV outbreak which naturally makes him the president’s choice for czar since incompetence is rewarded rather than punished in this administration.

Meanwhile, the president himself is downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus even as the World Health Organization (WHO) upgrades its threat assessment to its most drastic level of “very high.” The White House is trying to convince Americans that the concerns about the virus are nothing more than an attempt by the media to hurt the president’s reelection chances. In short: the federal government’s response to the crisis is being hamstrung right out of the gate.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was quick to condemn the naming of Pence as czar by pointing out that the vice president “literally does not believe in science,” which is a characterization that frankly describes most members of this climate change-denying administration. AOC slammed the Pence appointment as “utterly irresponsible” and reasonably predicted that it could end up costing lives, much as Pence’s past decisions have.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a man with an adversarial relationship to science and truth much like Pence, retweeted Ocasio-Cortez and mockingly called her the “oracle of science.” He asked her to tell him what a Y chromosome is, presumably in reference to the congresswoman’s defense and advocacy for transgender individuals. It was a complete non-sequitur on Cruz’s part and a crude attempt to shoehorn regressive conservative culture war talking points into the coronavirus discourse.

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Cruz also injected the topic of abortion into the conversation and implied that the United States is already doing enough to fight climate change. All in all, it was the pathetic move made by a grown man looking for attention on social media.

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Ocasio-Cortez, never one to back down from a Republican challenge, responded by calling out Cruz for judging people’s intelligence by “the lowest income they’ve had,” presumably a reference to the frequent GOP efforts to dismiss her as stupid simply because she worked as a bartender before joining Congress. AOC defended herself by pointing out the awards she received from MIT Lincoln Lab and other institutions for her work in microbiology.

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She ended the tweet with a barb about Cruz’s evolution denial, something which—like climate denial—is rampant on the right and proves that as a movement they are thoroughly and fundamentally anti-science. Republicans pander to fanatical evangelicals to win votes and in order to do that, they ignore basic scientific facts about the world.

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Next time, the senator from Texas should think twice before hurling one of his bad faith attacks at the Congresswoman. He is clearly no match for her.

 

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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