Ted Cruz Defends Flight to Mexico Amid Winter Storm
As Texans continue to battle the extreme winter storm that hit several states last weekend and has since caused widespread power outages, Senator Ted Cruz (TX-R) flew to Cancún, Mexico on Wednesday. The Texas Senator reportedly planned to return to his state on Thursday.
Airport photos of Mr. Cruz sparked backlash on social media late Wednesday for traveling out of the state amid the crisis which left millions of Texans without power, many without water and a severe deep freeze.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa has since issued a statement calling for the senator’s resignation. “Ted Cruz jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold isn’t surprising but it is deeply disturbing and disappointing,” he said. “Now, he is proving to be an enemy to our state by abandoning us in our greatest time of need.
“With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” he added. “Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”
Throughout the week, Cruz has been vocal on social media, warning Texans of the dangerous conditions and saying in an interview Monday: “keep your family safe and just stay home and hug your kids.”
Critics on Twitter were quick to bring up Cruz’ recent attack on Democrat Mayor Stephen Adler’s trip to Cabo while telling constituents to “stay home” during the pandemic. “Hypocrites,” Mr. Cruz wrote on Twitter. “Complete and utter hypocrites.”