CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy took to Twitter on Monday to outrageously claim that he “felt safer” during his time in North Korea reporting on the brutal communist regime there than he does in the White House amidst the current COVID-19 outbreak. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), however, was not having any of it.
I felt safer reporting in North Korea than I currently do reporting at The White House. This is just crazy,” Tracy tweeted, going on to add, “For context folks, this is in reference to the COVID-19 outbreak at The White House.”
For context folks, this is in reference to the COVID-19 outbreak at The White House.
— Ben Tracy (@benstracy) October 5, 2020
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Understandably disturbed and offended by this tweet, Cruz fired back by writing, “That’s because you were supporting the regime…”
That’s because you were supporting the regime…. https://t.co/psKbeaRGUT
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 5, 2020
Other social media users slammed Tracy for his tweet as well. One responded by sharing an AFP article from last month that cited U.S. intelligence saying that North Korea has “issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the coronavirus entering the country from China.”
“I’m pretty sure you’d rather run the risk getting COVID in the USA before getting it in the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea]…from what I hear a bullet is the only treatment option there,” the social media user tweeted.
Conservative attorney and Fox News personality Harmeet Dhillon got in on the action as well, mincing no words in her response to Tracy.
“Yes the White House is just like North Korea, other than the beatings, starvation, lack of electricity, organ harvesting, punishment of your parents, your children, your extended family on the basis of your network’s reporting,” Dhillon wrote. “You are a clown.”
Yes the White House is just like North Korea, other than the beatings, starvation, lack of electricity, organ harvesting, punishment of your parents, your children, your extended family on the basis of your network's reporting. You are a clown. https://t.co/qzKphhPYeU
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) October 5, 2020
One of the most scathing rebukes of all to Tracy’s tweet came from Saagar Enjeti, co-host of The Hill’s “Rising with Krystal and Saagar.”
“Otto Warmbier was unavailable for comment,” he wrote.
Otto Warmbier was unavailable for comment https://t.co/DxoeQFNszD
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) October 5, 2020
Warmbier was the American college student who was arrested in North Korea in 2016 and sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. He was released to the United States in a coma seven months later, never regaining consciousness before he died six days later, according to NPR.
We’re certain that were he alive today, Warmbier would have a thing or two to say to someone claiming that they feel safer in North Korea than in the White House.