Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has a message for the millions of Americans who had received emergency federal unemployment assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic but lost those benefits when the program expired at the start of September. “Um, get a job?” he said in the typical, tone-deaf Ted Cruz style.
The Hill’s Dominick Mastrangelo reported that the flippant comment came “in a tweet sent late Monday night, [when] Cruz shared with his followers a headline from the Associated Press reading ‘Jobless Americans have few options as benefits expire.’”
“There are millions of vacancies, and small businesses across the Nation are desperate for workers,” Cruz said in the tweet.
Um, get a job?
There are millions of vacancies, and small businesses across the Nation are desperate for workers. https://t.co/0ejI45Ja6I
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 7, 2021
Mastrangelo reported that an estimated 9 million Americans lost their federal unemployment benefits following the Labor Day holiday weekend. Another 3 million people are expected to lose their additional $300 boost to state unemployment benefits in the coming months.
As we reported earlier this week, the end of pandemic unemployment benefits comes as unemployment rates for Black Americans in the country are again on the rise, with even college-educated applicants having increasing trouble landing new positions in the open job market.
Even with COVID-19 raging in many regions of the United States with lower-than-average vaccination rates, the White House said it has no plans to reinstate the expiring benefits.
As would be expected, Cruz’s tweet drew criticism from countless critics who couldn’t believe he would make such a comment. Among the many reacting to his quote:
I wish someone would take yours
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 7, 2021
Get a job? Um, 20 of the top 25 states dependent on federal welfare benefits are GOP states. https://t.co/Yl6sjatFlx
There's no "worker shortage." There's GOP denying a living wage to fund billionaire tax cuts. Your billionaire bootlicking is starving Americans to death. Horrid.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) September 7, 2021
Do you know any jobs where you can take your family on vacation while the people you're supposed to be serving are in the middle of a crisis?
— certified melon boy (@theneedledrop) September 7, 2021
#Ted "Get a Job" #Cruz has a great job; he sits on his fat ass all day, collects $175,000 a year for doing ZIP but opposing #progress, with staff, office, police escorts, donors & bootlickers galore, and a pension vested after 5 years of "service". He deserves to lose that job.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) September 7, 2021