Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has questioned what experts he should listen to amid the COVID-19 pandemic as coronavirus continues to blight Texas—with speculation it could be forced to return to lockdown to stem infections.
On Sunday, former Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg tweeted: “Listening to medical experts should not be political.”
To which Cornyn responded: “Which ones?”
In a subsequent post, someone recommended National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, to which Cornyn replied that Buttigieg had mentioned experts, “not expert.”
Amid further criticism, highlighting hospitalizations and positivity rate in the state of Texas, he said: “Guess you can't answer the question.”
Following Cornyn's response, Buttigieg subsequently wrote: “Once again, sincerely astonished at which positions @GOP Senators choose to double down on.”
After suggesting people Cornyn could listen to, including doctors in his state and Fauci, he added: “If it was just politics, we wouldn't mind seeing you make these strange decisions about which hill to die on. But the thing about this particular hill is there are a lot of Americans on it with you, with a lot more than politics at stake.”
MJ Hegar, who is hoping to become the Democratic candidate to take on Cornyn for his Senate seat in November, shared screengrabs of Cornyn's comments and wrote: “Texas is setting records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. John Cornyn is picking fights, discrediting experts — even denying that children have died from COVID-19.
“Texans need a real leader right now. Lives are at risk.”
John Weaver, a strategist and co-founder of the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project also pounced upon his comments, asking: “Truly what happened to you?”
Here’s the Twitter thread:
Maybe any number of experts (or just Google I guess) who could have let you know where MERS and swine flu came from so you wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt embarrass yourself with this false (and deragotory) statement? https://t.co/qaSXdOEXev
Ã¢ÂÂ Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) July 12, 2020
Texas is setting records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. John Cornyn is picking fights, discrediting experts Ã¢ÂÂ even denying that children have died from COVID-19.
Texans need a real leader right now. Lives are at risk. pic.twitter.com/PQaoFKWmZB
Ã¢ÂÂ MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) July 12, 2020
Ã¢ÂÂ MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) July 13, 2020
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