Texas Senator Ted Cruz Flies to Cancun as Texans Freeze

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 18, 2021

The news comes after hours of speculation on Wednesday night about the senator's whereabouts after photos of him and his family at the Houston airport appeared on Twitter, met with vast criticism as an estimated half a million Texans were left without electricity amid freezing temperatures.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week.

"With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends", Cruz said.

"Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon", the senator said.

Once his previous remarks came to light, Cruz wrote on Twitter that he "got no defense", adding a shrugging emoji to his response to the backlash. She said officers "monitored his movements" while Cruz was at the airport.

Critics slammed the senator on Twitter after photos emerged on social media of a man who appears to be Cruz aboard a plane.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Texas woke up Thursday to a fourth day without power, and a water crisis was unfolding after winter storms wreaked havoc on the state's power grid and utilities.

Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas, speaks to the media during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Almost 500,000 customers in Texas remained without power Thursday morning.

The high-profile Republican lawmaker went with his family for a long-planned trip to Cancun and was expected to return immediately, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private conversations.

Texas Democrats called on Cruz to resign for seemingly abandoning his constituents in the midst of the storm. "Cruz: Resign", reads billboards put up across Texas by the anti-Trump Republican Accountability Project. "We must restore ethics, competence, and a government that works for the people", the group said in a statement.

In August, Cruz-known in D.C. parlance as "a big asshole"-tweeted, "Biden/Harris/AOC want to make CA's failed energy policy the standard nationwide".

With 2.7 million Texas households still without heat, leaders warned of a domino effect on infrastructure as the lack of power cut off water supplies, strained the ability of hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients and isolated vulnerable communities with frozen roads still impassable. At least 24 people in the state have died this week.

In December Cruz eviscerated Austin Mayor Steve Adler as a "hypocrite" for vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, during the pandemic after he told residents to stay home.

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