Texas Senator Ted Cruz, R, was outed Monday by citizen journalist and a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffer, who captured him mid-flight drinking coffee without a mask, according to photos posted to Twitter.
“Captured today at 10:45am — @TedCruz on a commercial flight, refusing to wear a mask,” the Tweet read.
Later, popular Twitter account Comfortably Smug posted a photo showing Cruz with his mask on when he was not in the act of consuming a beverage.
The original poster, however, argued that Cruz was going against American Airlines’ policy that requires masks to be work on flights. But, his post also revealed that American Airline’s policy explicitly states that “your face covering may be removed to eat or drink…”
“For those trying to argue that he was drinking, it’s not hard to have a mask on and undo one side to take a sip then put it back on. Most people take their time drinking coffee,” he wrote in another Tweet, attaching a picture of an unmasked Cruz sitting at the gate, AirPods in.
American Airlines responded to concerned Twitter users, saying they would look into the matter. “We are committed to protecting the health and safety of all customers, and we are reviewing the details of this matter,” the airline said.
For now, one question remains: Was Ted Cruz listening to his own podcast in his Airpods?
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Just before 12:15 am Wednesday morning, an arsonist set fire to the 50-foot tree in front of Fox News’ Midtown headquarters on 6th avenue. The suspect, a 49-year-old with three prior arrests, was quickly caught and taken into custody.
The man has two previous arrests for drug possession and one for public intoxication. The motive is unclear, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives are looking into whether mental illness was a factor.
“The suspect is identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha, who is homeless, with a last known address in Brooklyn” reports ABC 7 New York. Police said the suspect climbed up “the metal superstructure” underneath the artificial tree and lit papers he had brought with him on fire, then shoved the papers into the tree structure.
He then climbed down and watched from the street level as it burned, and he was spotted by building security who pointed the man out to police officers posted in nearby Rockefeller Center,” reports ABC.
A lighter was found in his possession, and he has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance, endangering others, criminal trespass, criminal tampering and disorderly conduct.
Fox says it will rebuild the tree, which took more than 21 hours to assemble and consisted of 10,000 glass ornaments and 100,000 lights.
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