During a press conference on Wednesday, March 24, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) refused a reporter’s request to wear a mask.

The exchange took place at a press conference held by the Texas senator with other Republican senators to discuss immigration and a planned trip to the US-Mexico border.

“Would you mind putting on a mask for us?” a reporter asked Cruz while standing close to Cruz at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington.

“Yeah, when I’m talking to the TV camera I’m not going to wear a mask, and all of us have been immunized,” Cruz replied as he motioned behind him to other mask-wearing members of Congress.

“It would make us feel better,” the reporter said.

“You’re welcome to step away if you’d like,” Cruz said. “The whole point of the vaccine—CDC guidance is what we’re following.”

Cruz later tweeted, “Lefty reporters have lost their minds. #commonsense.”

Cruz will be with Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) during the trip, who extended the invitation to Democratic lawmakers in a letter to Chairman Jerry Nadler on Wednesday.

On social media, conservatives praised Cruz and criticized the reporter.

”It would make us feel better = muh feelings matter more than science,” the editor of Spectator USA, Amber Athey, tweeted.

“This is exactly how to respond to a performative virtue signaling reporter pretending to be scared of a vaccinated politician,” The Daily Wire’s Cabot Phillips stated.

Cruz has also criticized wearing a face mask, including at a speech on Feb. 26 at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Wearing a mask, keeping at least six feet away from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces are all recommended.

“Now they’re saying, everybody can get immunized, we can have herd immunity everywhere, and we’re going to wear masks for the next 300 years,” Cruz informed the conservative activists who had gathered.

“And by the way, not just one mask, two, three, four. You can’t have too many masks. How much virtue do you want to signal? This is just dumb,” he said.

His speech came after the CDC revised its recommendations to provide a report that wearing a “cloth mask over a medical procedure mask” could substantially reduce Covid-19 exposure.”

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