Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas, speaks to the media during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) have both announced that they are self-quarantining because they went to CPAC and had some exposure to a person who later was diagnosed with the Coronavirus.
That person is now being treated in New Jersey. The exposure that person had was prior to CPAC. The person is now on the mend, according to American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp. The attendee had no contact with the President or the Vice President who were also at the conference.
Cruz explained that the contact was brief but he was doing so to be cautious.
Cruz said the “interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake” and that he is “not experiencing any symptoms.”
“Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution … I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction,” Cruz said in a statement shared on Twitter.
Here’s his full statement:
Today I released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/XGXEa4ozcg
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 8, 2020
Cruz also observes that testing isn’t effective until you start having symptoms — an important point — and that Congress has allocated $8.3 billion to address the issue.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) then made a similar statement.
“I was with this individual for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times,” Gosar said. “We are all asymptomatic and feel great. But we are being proactive and cautious.”
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) March 9, 2020
Gosar asked that everyone keep the CPAC attendee who had been affected in their prayers, that his people were in touch with the CDC and the White House and they were “on top of this.”
Now, one might think that the normal response would be to wish them well.
But some just can’t stop.
Thank you for exercising caution and putting the health of others ahead of the party line that this is a Democrat hoax.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) March 8, 2020
Of course, this has been debunked multiple times — the President never said that. He said that the lying by Democrats about the administration’s response was a “hoax.” Lies like this were the hoax which some on the left still are pushing.
Thoughts and prayers (not really tho)…. https://t.co/JJk2EgYgYK
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) March 9, 2020
In fairness, people wanted Ted Cruz to self-quarantine way before COVID-19 was a thing.
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) March 9, 2020
Don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist but I refuse to believe that anyone interacted with Ted Cruz https://t.co/last76skSY
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) March 9, 2020
The coronavirus has announced that it is self-quarantining after possible exposure to Ted Cruz
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) March 8, 2020
Sorry to hear you are quarantined @tedcruz. The universe of alternative facts that you forced this country to live through is now coming around to smack you all in the ass. I hope because of you and others that defended the universe of alternative facts more Americans won't die https://t.co/o2efT7bh2P
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) March 9, 2020
Some on the left tried to tell them that was not the way to react, although still not able to stop with some nastiness.
Listen I dislike Ted Cruz as much as the next human being with a beating heart, but maaaaybe it's not a good idea to mock people for making responsible decisions in the face of a poorly-controlled crisis? He should be staying home, and doing so isn't a sign of weakness. https://t.co/pIUcIMHYIJ
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) March 9, 2020
Joe Concha called out the crazy.
The giddy reaction already be displayed down here to Ted Cruz announcing his self-quarantine for Coronavirus is as despicable as it is depressing. It seems more people are interested in rooting against the so-called other side than anything else. Just horrible.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) March 8, 2020
Disgusting and despicable, yes. Unfortunately, not surprising.
HT: Daily Caller