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Cruz slams business-killing lockdowns, has an idea for Gates, Tapper and others who support them

On Sunday, the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates spoke at length with CNN host Jake Tapper. He somberly told Tapper that although he was optimistic about the coronavirus vaccines, he felt that a return to normalcy for the U.S. was a long way off and advocated more lockdowns. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested that Gates, Tapper, and others “halt ALL salaries at CNN & Microsoft, stop paying Dem politicians & then let’s see if they think TWO MORE YEARS shutdown is OK.”

“This vaccine work is phenomenal,” Gates said last week at Singapore’s FinTech Festival that was held virtually. “You know, we’ve been working with these pharma companies, they’ve been doing their best, you know, thank goodness, those vaccines will bring this pandemic to an end.”

Gates claims that life won’t return to normal due to the pandemic until at least 2022. He has been a strong advocate for mandated vaccines and co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute.

Cruz’s full suggestion is as follows: “Leftists: a millionaire & a billionaire discuss how they think its “appropriate” to destroy & bankrupt small businesses across America. Tell you what…halt ALL salaries at CNN & Microsoft, stop paying Dem politicians & then let’s see if they think TWO MORE YEARS shutdown is OK.”

It went viral on Twitter as many Americans share that same sentiment.

Gates’ warning comes as the first trucks transporting Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine pulled out of a Michigan manufacturing plant on Sunday, and are expected to reach their destination on Monday so that health workers can administer the vaccine.

Tapper spoke of the lockdown orders in states like California and the hardships that many businesses face across the country. Health officials insist that these lockdowns are needed due to the risk of hospitals potentially being inundated with patients.

“Bars and restaurants—in most of the country—will be closed as we go into this wave, and I think, sadly, that’s appropriate,” Gates said. Thousands of businesses have already gone under due to the pandemic mandates enforced in various states. Many will never reopen. 110,000 restaurants have permanently closed in 2020, approximately 17% of all of America’s restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Gates said the next four to six months “really call on us to do our best, because we can see that this will end and you don’t want somebody that you love to be the last to die from coronavirus.” He also said that the U.S. will regain some sense of pre-coronavirus life. Gates posited that by late summer, the U.S. will be closer to normal than at the moment. But with so many businesses going under, ‘normal’ may be a relative term as the U.S. faces a financial catastrophe due to the pandemic.

“There will be… By the summer of 2021, the rich countries will have more vaccine coverage than other countries. So, the rich countries will be going mostly back to normal,” Gates told the Hindustan Times on Friday. “But I still think because the virus will be in the world, we still will be somewhat conservative about large public events, we will still have some mask-wearing.”

“We really need to get this virus eliminated, almost everywhere or else we have seen even in countries that have done a super good job — like Australia or Singapore or Hong Kong or South Korea – they always run a risk of reinfection,” Gates continued. “So they’ve had to restrict tourism and other travel, but by summer that will start to open up.”

“But even through early 2022, unless we help other countries get rid of this disease, and we get high vaccination rates in our country, the risk of reintroduction will be there and, of course, the global economy will be slowed down, which hurts America economically in a pretty dramatic way,” he said.

Gates noted that there could be six COVID-19 vaccines ready by spring of 2021, and he expects them to be approved by summer 2021.

Ric Grenell joined Ted Cruz in his criticism of Gates and was one of a number of voices on social media that said Gates seemed out of touch when it came to the severity of the crisis and when it came to the dire financial stress faced by restaurants.

Grenell, President Trump’s former acting director of National Intelligence, tweeted, “Both have large paychecks.”

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