'Brainwashing children!' Right-wingers outraged at Sesame Street's 'Big Bird' for promoting COVID vaccines

'Brainwashing children!' Right-wingers outraged at Sesame Street's 'Big Bird' for promoting COVID vaccines
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Gage Skidmore

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and other right-wingers lashed out at "Big Bird" on Saturday after the Sesame Street character's Twitter account advocated getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

"I got the COVID-19 vaccine today!" Big Bird wrote Saturday morning. "My wing is a little sore, but it'll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy."

"Ms. @EricaRHill even said I've been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!" Big Bird added, referring to CNN journalist Erica Hill, who hosted a Town Hall with Big Bird called "The ABCs of COVID Vaccines."

Cruz responded by writing above Big Bird's tweet, "Government propaganda...for your 5 year old!"

Steve Cortes, a Newsmax host, went a step further.

"This kind of propaganda is actually evil," Cortes wrote. "Your children are not statistically at risk, and should not be pressured into a brand new treatment. Do Not Comply!"

Fox News' Lisa Marie Boothe accused Big Bird of "brainwashing children who are not at risk from COVID."

"Twisted," Marie Boothe wrote.

More below.

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