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Ted Cruz calls Hillary Clinton ‘Oscar the Grouch’ in response to her defending Big Bird

Sen. Ted Cruz went after Hillary Clinton on Tuesday for defending Big Bird, who Cruz had blasted as a propagandist after the Sesame Street character shared he had received his COVID-19 shot. 

‘Captured in the wild, rare image of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch…,’ Cruz wrote, commenting on Clinton’s tweet. 

Clinton had shared a vintage photo with Big Bird from her first lady days, writing, ‘It’s a bird that teaches children things. Like how to stay healthy. That’s it.’ 

The Democrats’ 2016 nominee was the latest liberal to defend the Muppet after Cruz called Big Bird getting the COVID-19 vaccine ‘propaganda … for your five-year-old.’ 

The fictional bird, who, according to Sesame Street lore, is eternally 6-years-old, tweeted his vaccination status on Saturday, writing: ‘I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.’ 

 Sen. Ted Cruz went after Hillary Clinton on Tuesday for defending Big Bird, who Cruz had blasted as a propagandist after the Sesame Street character shared he had received his COVID-19 shot

'Captured in the wild, rare image of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch…,' Cruz wrote, commenting on a tweet Hillary Clinton had sent out

‘Captured in the wild, rare image of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch…,’ Cruz wrote, commenting on a tweet Hillary Clinton had sent out 

Clinton had shared a vintage photo with Big Bird from her first lady days, writing, 'It's a bird that teaches children things. Like how to stay healthy. That's it'

Clinton had shared a vintage photo with Big Bird from her first lady days, writing, ‘It’s a bird that teaches children things. Like how to stay healthy. That’s it’ 

She was defending Big Bird who tweeted on Saturday that he had been vaccinated against COVID-19. Big Bird is supposed to always be six-years-old, and thus got his vaccine after the CDC approved Pfizer vaccine doses for kids ages five to 11

She was defending Big Bird who tweeted on Saturday that he had been vaccinated against COVID-19. Big Bird is supposed to always be six-years-old, and thus got his vaccine after the CDC approved Pfizer vaccine doses for kids ages five to 11 

Cruz picked a fight with Big Bird after seeing the Muppet's initial tweet about getting vaccinated

Cruz picked a fight with Big Bird after seeing the Muppet’s initial tweet about getting vaccinated  

President Joe Biden jumped in Sunday night tweeting, 'Good on ya, @BigBird. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe'

President Joe Biden jumped in Sunday night tweeting, ‘Good on ya, @BigBird. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe’ 

Big Bird added that CNN journalist Erica Hill ‘even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird.’ 

‘I had no idea!’ the Muppet said. 

Big Bird issued the tweet days after the FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages five to 11, with critics accusing the character of trying to foist shots on kids.  

Fox News host Lisa Boothe said it was ‘brainwashing children who are not at risk from COVID,’ while Newsmax host Steve Cortes wrote, ‘This kind of propoganda is actually evil.’    

‘Your children are not statistically at risk, and should not be pressured into a brand new treatment. Do not comply!’ Cortes added. 

President Joe Biden, Clinton and a number of Hollywood types jumped in to defend the Muppet.  

‘Good on ya, @BigBird,’ Biden tweeted Sunday night. ‘Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe.’ 

Cruz responded to Biden’s involvement by writing, ‘We always knew the media were the Dems’ puppets, but this is getting ridiculous.’  

Cruz continued his assault of Big Bird through Tuesday. 

In one tweet, he showed the massive Muppet looking creepy and knocking down someone’s door. 

‘Big Bird coming over to vaccinate your kids,’ Cruz wrote. 

Actor and Screenwriter Seth MacFarlane had commented that ‘Big Bird is smarter than Ted Cruz.’ 

Cruz responded to Biden's involvement by writing, 'We always knew the media were the Dems' puppets, but this is getting ridiculous.'

Cruz responded to Biden’s involvement by writing, ‘We always knew the media were the Dems’ puppets, but this is getting ridiculous.’

Cruz also responded to tweets from several Hollywood types, including actor and screenwriter Seth MacFarlane

Cruz also responded to tweets from several Hollywood types, including actor and screenwriter Seth MacFarlane 

He also responded to actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano

He also responded to actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano 

‘So is Kermit, Ernie, Bert, Grover, Oscar, Cookie Monster, The Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, Dr. Teeth, The Swedish Chef, Scooter, Janice, Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, and Animal,’ he added. 

Cruz wrote back saying ‘every one of those is a puppet, most with a hand inserted up their backside.’ 

‘Seth MacFarlane is 1 of the funniest souls on the planet. Am sorry to see him shilling for petty authoritarians who would deny you the right to make your own medical choices,’ the Texas senator wrote, using the hashtag ‘#YourBodyYourChoice.’ 

Cruz doesn’t support abortion rights – which is what that hashtag generally refers to. 

Cruz also took on actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano. 

She had tweeted, ‘I didn’t have Ted Cruz trolling Big Bird on my 2021 bingo card.’ 

‘I didn’t have Joe Biden enlisting muppets in his crusade to force everyone to get vaccinated on my bingo card either,’ Cruz responded. 

Big Bird, who is eternally six-years-old, according to Sesame Street lore, tweeted on Saturday that he received the COVID vaccine

Big Bird, who is eternally six-years-old, according to Sesame Street lore, tweeted on Saturday that he received the COVID vaccine

Cruz’s initial comment on Big Bird was knocked by Parkland school massacre survivor turned gun control advocate David Hogg.  

Hogg wrote: ‘Ted Cruz is doing the job of our enemies by spreading more disinformation that’s killed over 200,000 Americans this year.’ 

‘I can not believe an actual sitting senator would tweet this,’ he added.

Hogg also responded directly to Cruz’s tweet, recalling the senator’s controversial trip to Cancun, Mexico as Texas endured a deadly winter storm.

‘At least it’s acceptable for birds to fly south for the winter – unlike some senators who left millions of their constituents to f****** die in the cold.’

Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, also wrote: ‘Imagine coming down harder on a fictional bird than the man who called your wife ugly,’ referring to former President Donald Trump, who mocked Heidi Cruz’s appearance during the 2016 GOP primary campaign, when Cruz was also vying for the White House. 

Cruz campaigned for Trump after losing the nomination.    

Walter Shaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics, reminded Cruz, ‘You are vaccinated.’     

Sarah Wire, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, added that Sesame Street has helped children understand the COVID pandemic.

‘Sesame Street has spoken to kids about the pandemic in ways they understand since the beginning, explaining how to wash hands and wear a mask or why they couldn’t go to preschool or see grandma,’ she wrote.

‘Kids seeing six-year-old Big Bird get a shot helps them understand what is happening.’

In response to the criticism, Cruz again tweeted: ‘Liberals are weird.

‘They don’t care about open borders. Or rising inflation. Or schools covering up sexual assaults. Or the disaster of Afghanistan. Or tyrannical Dems violating medical pricacy and freedom.

‘But criticize Big Bird? And they lose their s***.’

Cruz soon received backlash for his tweet attacking Big Bird

Cruz soon received backlash for his tweet attacking Big Bird

In response to the criticism, Cruz wrote that 'liberals are weird'

In response to the criticism, Cruz wrote that ‘liberals are weird’

The controversy over Big Bird’s vaccination status comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee officially recommended Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11.

The members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted  unanimously on Tuesday that pediatric doses be distributed in this younger age group. 

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky then signed off on the vote, meaning that approximately 28 million children in the US are now eligible for the shots.

It was the final step in the process that would allow injections in young children to begin in the United States, with Biden issuing a statement calling the decision ‘a turning point’ in the battle against COVID-19 and saying they had secured enough vaccines for every child in America. 

With the decision, the United States became one of the first countries to approve vaccinations for children. 

China has reportedly started rolling out its own vaccines to three-year-old children, and Chile is vaccinating children aged six and older. 

Israel, meanwhile, is expected to follow the US’ lead now the CDC has approved the jabs.

However, these countries are currently the exception, with countries still weighing up the risks and benefits of the decision. Most are only vaccinating children aged 12 and upwards.

In Britain, scientists have warned against officials ‘blindly’ recommending the jabs to young children without weighing up the risks ‘extremely carefully’.

There are also still fears about myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation detected in children, mostly boys, in around one in 10,000 cases after vaccination.

Critics say children are better off catching COVID and getting protection naturally because the risk of being admitted to ICU is about one in 500,000.

The CDC last week approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use among children ages five to 11, although some parents remain hesitant about giving their children vaccines

The CDC last week approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use among children ages five to 11, although some parents remain hesitant about giving their children vaccines

Meanwhile, in America, the decision has caused a storm of controversy with opponents pointing to the fact there is little evidence to suggest vaccinating children is necessary.

Data shows COVID poses a low risk to the age group, with children accounting for less than 0.1 percent of COVID deaths in America. 

There have been more than 1.9 million cases of Covid-19 among five- to 11-year-olds in the United States, and more than 8,300 hospitalizations, more than 2,300 cases of MIS-C (pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome), and about 100 deaths.  

With those statistics, some parents have said they are hesitant to get their children vaccinated.

New survey data published on Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation found 27 percent of parents with kids aged five to 11 say that their children will get vaccinated as soon as it’s available. 

Another 33 percent say they will ‘wait and see’ how the vaccine is working before deciding whether or not to immunize their kids. 

And five percent of parents in the survey said they will only get their children vaccinated if it is required by their schools and 30 percent say they will not get their kids vaccinated at all.

As of Saturday, 67.2 percent of eligible Americans have had at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 58.3 percent were fully vaccinated.

It did not have data on how many children between the ages of five to 11 have been vaccinated yet.

Meanwhile, there were 71,517 new COVID cases reported on Friday, with 1,604 new deaths. 

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