Ted Cruz Defends Flight to Mexico Amid Winter Storm

Ted Cruz Defends Flight to Mexico Amid Winter Storm

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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February 18, 2021

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.

“This has been an infuriating week for Texans. The greatest state in the greatest country in the world has been without power,” the senator said in a statement made Thursday afternoon. “We have food lines, gas lines and people sleeping at the neighbors’ houses. Our homes are freezing and our lights are out. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too.”

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“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.”

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at [email protected]
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