Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is done wearing a face mask at the Capitol now that he has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
"At this point I've been vaccinated. Everybody working in the Senate has been vaccinated," Cruz told CNN on Thursday. "CDC has said in small groups, particularly with people who were vaccinated, don't need to wear masks."
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) are senators who have yet to be vaccinated, according to Forbes. However, Paul has been infected and has coronavirus antibodies.
CNN host Chris Cuomo chastised Cruz for not wearing a face mask inside the Capitol building.
"It is baffling when you have people like Senator Ted Cruz joining Rand Paul in ditching his mask as they walk the halls of Congress," Cuomo said.
Cuomo said that not all of the Capitol staffers and people in the media have been vaccinated yet. The CNN host added that the CDC advises that people continue to wear masks after being vaccinated. Cuomo accused Cruz of "playing politics" by not wearing a face mask.
Cruz struck back at Cuomo by taking a shot at his New York governor brother Andrew Cuomo.
"Hey Chris — did your brother 'believe in science' when he sent Covid-positive patients into nursing homes, killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers & then repeatedly lied about it?? Oh, I forgot, CNN won't cover that," Cruz wrote on Twitter.
Cruz was making a reference to New York's nursing home deaths, and the FBI investigation into the allegations of state officials intentionally underreported nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hey Chris — did your bother “believe in science” when he sent Covid-positive patients into nursing homes, killed te… https://t.co/IBxEYmS6xF— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1618546268.0
Coincidentally, Chris Cuomo was reportedly sent a letter from the building superintendent of his New York City residence last year for repeatedly not wearing a face mask and disobeying his own brother's mask mandate.
Last month, there was an incident when a reporter asked Cruz to put on a mask during a news conference.
"When I'm talking to the TV camera I'm not going to wear a mask, and all of us have been immunized," Cruz said as he made a gesture to his fellow lawmakers in the room at the time. "You're welcome to step away if you like."
Cruz noted that the "whole point of a vaccine" was so that people no longer have to wear a mask.
Cruz joins Sen. Paul, who hasn't been wearing a mask after he was the first U.S. senator to contract coronavirus. Paul contends that his antibodies are sufficient protection after being infected with COVID-19 in March 2020.
"Modern medicine shows us that immunity is based on having antibodies. Why do they think medicine is trying so hard to get a coronavirus vaccine? Immunity," Paul wrote on Twitter last May. "I have taken an antibody test and am positive for long term Covid-19 antibodies."