Ted Cruz charged with hypocrisy for attacking Mr T’s decision to continue masking

Iconic actor and WWE Hall of Famer Lawrence Tureaud – better known as the imposing Mr T – has faced many legendary opponents. They include pro wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa and now, the latest recipient of Mr T’s foolish pity, US Senator Ted Cruz.

The showdown started when Mr T posted a tweet sharing his booster vaccination and saying he would continue masking and social distancing in public places to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Now 69, Mr T’s age makes him particularly susceptible to the danger of a coronavirus infection.

“Just got my 2nd Moderna booster vaccine and I’m feeling great! I’m still going to wear my mask and keep my distance because the virus isn’t over yet, fool! Grrr,” the star of The A-Team wrote.

Despite the fact that Mr. It was simply a statement of his own intentions, Mr. Cruz insulted it and fired back.

“Weird,” said Mr. Cruz. “535 Congressmen can attend the State of the Union without wearing masks, but it’s still not good enough for Hollywood.”

Aside from whether Mr. T is somehow representative of modern Hollywood, critics pointed out that Mr. Cruz has long argued that people should be able to choose whether or not to wear masks.

“Mr. T makes a personal choice. You are not against people who make personal choices,” responded one Twitter user.

Another user said it was “bizarre” that Mr. Cruz had a problem with someone exercising his personal liberties.

It is true that Mr. Cruz has advocated for Americans to exercise their own personal freedoms when it comes to their health.

“The American people must have the freedom to make personal choices when it comes to protecting their health and that of their families,” Cruz wrote.

Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr T, during a 2018 interview with Larry King

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This statement apparently does not apply to Mr T.

Instead of calling out Mr. Cruz’s hypocrisy, some just found the exchange funny and imagined the couple fighting it out.

“Did Cruz make peace while trying to start a fight with Mr. T? I’d love to see how this ends!” a user wrote.

While the exchange was entertaining, it underscores a wider divide in pandemic attitudes as states continue to roll back their pandemic-era health restrictions and mandates. Many Americans, including those who have been fully vaccinated, are returning to a pre-pandemic ‘normal’, while others – such as some who are immunocompromised or suffering from long-term Covid – have expressed frustration at the prevailing post-pandemic attitude.

The number of cases has decreased in recent weeks, but there is still a risk of contamination. The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that she has tested positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic.

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