Ted Cruz Billboard, Posters Spotted in Texas Mocking Senator's Cancun Trip
Senator Ted Cruz is facing calls to resign after flying with his family to Cancun on Wednesday night where, his wife told friends, rooms at the Ritz-Carlton where they planned to stay cost $309 a night.A digital billboard emblazoned with the message "Texans Froze. Ted Fled" has been seen on the side of a truck was reportedly spotted driving through Houston by Fox 26 journalist Natalie Hee.
Democratic Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar blasted Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday, after photos appeared to show him traveling to Cancun, Mexico, while millions of Texans have been left without power and water due to severe winter weather. © Greg Nash/Getty Sen, Ted Cruz (R-TX) was criticized Thursday after photos appeared to show him traveling to Mexico during an ongoing winter crisis in Texas. Here, Cruz speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2021.
"After the George Floyd uprisings in Minneapolis, when thousands were struggling to find food, my office and I held food drives and donated more than 20 tons of food to the community," Omar wrote on Twitter.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz's political career already featured many surprise twists before a jaunt to Mexico this week brought him a new level of notoriety. The Texas senator was once the biggest threat to Donald Trump capturing the 2016 presidential nomination. During a particularly bitter stretch of that year's Republican primary, Cruz called Trump a “coward” and “pathological liar.” By last month, however, Cruz was one of Trump's staunchestThe Texas senator was once the biggest threat to Donald Trump capturing the 2016 presidential nomination. During a particularly bitter stretch of that year's Republican primary, Cruz called Trump a “coward” and “pathological liar.
"Meanwhile, as millions of Texans lack power, heat, and food,@tedcruz heads off to Cancun. Hm."
Omar's criticism came after photos circulated on social media overnight appearing to show the senator at an airport and on an airplane.
Media reports that Cruz was flying to Cancun, Mexico, with his family quickly took hold on social media, as reporters and public figures condemn the Republican senator for fleeing a crisis in his home state.
Skedaddle excuses say much about character of 'Cancun Cruz'
His attitude toward federal government disaster relief varies with who gets aid. Between 2013 and 2017, when President Obama was president, Cruz voted against five supplementary disaster assistance bills. In 2013, he maintained, falsely, that "two-thirds of what was spent" on Hurricane Sandy, much of it earmarked for New York and New Jersey, "had little to do" with addressing the disaster.In 2017, however, Cruz supported federal legislation to help Texans ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.
Later, images online showed someone with Cruz's last name and first initial of his legal first name — Rafael — standing by for a flight from Cancun back to Houston on Thursday morning, NBC News reported.
Cruz's office had not confirmed any travel plans to Cancun at the time of writing, and Newsweek has not been able to independently verify the claim that he was at an airport or flying on Wednesday.
More than 4 million Texas residents were left without power and heat following a major failure of the state's electrical grid this week. The outage occurred after Texas experienced unprecedented amounts of snowfall and record-breaking cold temperatures since Sunday.
As of Wednesday, the body in charge of the electrical grid, ERCOT, said they don't know when power will be fully restored.
Texas officials also ordered 7 million people – one-quarter of the state's population – to boil tap water before drinking it, after record low temperatures damaged infrastructure and froze pipes.
Texas is freezing, but the roast of Ted Cruz is on
A senator nobody likes walks into a scandal nobody can resist. “Lucifer in the flesh,” Republican John Boehner, the former Speaker of the House, called him in 2016.
Meanwhile, the Texas senator was targeted by other progressive lawmakers and political opponents on Thursday, and has been accused of vacationing at a time when his constituents are struggling.
Former Democratic mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Julian Castro, took aim at Cruz on Thursday by writing: "[Cruz] should be on the phone with federal agencies, not on a trip to Mexico."
"In crises like these, members of Congress play a critical role connecting their constituents to emergency services and assistance. @tedcruz should be on the phone with federal agencies, not on a trip to Mexico," he tweeted.
Former Representative Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat who lost a Senate election to Cruz in 2018, also criticized the Texas Republican during an interview Thursday morning on MSNBC.
Cruz "is vacationing in Cancun right now when people are literally freezing to death in the state that he was elected to represent and serve," O'Rourke said.
This past Tuesday, Cruz came under fire for a tweet he sent in 2020, in which he criticized California's energy policies after the state was dealing with power outages.
Nobody is sure where Ted Cruz is, but many are speculating he flew to Cancun after Texas' deadly winter storm
Unverified images on Twitter claim to show Ted Cruz taking a flight out of storm-ravaged Texas and to Cancun, Mexico.Insider has been unable to immediately verify the images, and could not immediately reach Cruz or one of his representatives for comment. As of early Thursday, no media outlet had reported a response from Cruz.
In response to those resurfaced statements, Cruz tweeted: "I got no defense. A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down. Not good."
Newsweek has contacted Cruz's office for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.
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'A Lot of People in Texas' Trying to Do Ted Cruz's Job, Former Challenger Beto O'Rourke Says .
O'Rourke hasn't ruled out a bid for the governor's race, but said he's currently focused on doing what he can for Texans during the energy crisis.Speaking with Vanity Fair's Joe Hagan on an episode of the Inside the Hive podcast, O'Rourke was asked how he felt about doing Cruz's job, which O'Rourke challenged in a narrow race back in 2018, by helping Texans during the blackouts.