Ted Cruz dubs Hillary Clinton 'Oscar the Grouch' over Big Bird tweet

Sen. Ted CruzTed Cruz dubs Hillary Clinton 'Oscar the Grouch' over Big Bird tweetRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Rare Access Action Project — White House unshaken by mandate ruling Ted Cruz wants Texas to secede if 'things become hopeless' in the US Republican says GOP should block government funding over vaccine mandates MORE (R-Texas) dubbed Hillary ClintonTed Cruz dubs Hillary Clinton 'Oscar the Grouch' over Big Bird tweetHillary Diane Rodham ClintonEx-Clinton strategist: Va. results show Democrats 'have gone too far to the left on key issues for educated suburban voters' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Did Democrats misread voters' 2020 call for change? New Hampshire debates big, contentious change to US House map MORE "Oscar the Grouch" after she fired back at his tweet criticizing Sesame Street for promoting COVID-19 vaccines.

Cruz sounded off on the children's show after the character Big Bird tweeted that he had gotten the shot in his wing.

The Texas senator retweeted the message, calling it "government propaganda" targeting young children and accusing Democrats of using media to push their agenda.

Government propaganda…for your 5 year old! https://t.co/lKUlomnpq1

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 6, 2021

We always knew the media were the Dems’ puppets, but this is getting ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/MmYZxLQlqY

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 9, 2021

Clinton, a former first lady, secretary of State and presidential nominee, hit Cruz over his tweets, sending a message of retort with a photo of her alongside Big Bird.

"It's a bird that teaches children things. Like how to stay healthy. That’s it," she wrote.

Cruz then responded to the photo, comparing Clinton to the Muppet character who lives in a trash can.

"Captured in the wild, rare image of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch," Cruz captioned his tweet.

Captured in the wild, rare image of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch… https://t.co/DfPZfApyaX

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 9, 2021

The back-and-forth comes just days after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in children aged 5 to 11. The recent authorization marks a major accomplishment for public health officials, who have long pushed for extended eligibility to include children.