Thursday, 25 February, 2021

Sen. Ted Cruz flies to Cancun while winter storm slams Texas

Cruz confirms flight to Mexico after storm slammed Texas Major new winter storm forecast to sweep across Texas, adding to state's woes
Ginger Lawrence | 18 February, 2021, 23:45

Ted Cruz has traveled to Mexico for a family vacation as his home state grapples with a weather crisis.

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.

Photographs of Mr. Cruz at the airport with his wife and daughter as well as onboard an airplane went viral on Twitter Wednesday night. He was spotted wearing the same mask emblazoned with the phrase "come and take it" seen while he was in Senate chambers.

Cruz's office dismissed calls for his resignation earlier in the month.

The images of Cruz sparked a wave of online condemnation for leaving his homestate while it suffered a severe winter storm.

The Texas Democratic Party has called on Cruz to resign.

The tweet included a photo of Cruz walking down the aisle of a plane he was boarding.

"Congressional lawmakers are also ripping into Cruz over his visit".

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The trip was immediately criticized, including by Texas state Rep. Gene Wu, a Democrat representing southwest Houston, who tweeted a photo of Cruz aboard a flight, saying Cruz was flying south "while the state was freezing to death and having to boil water". "I guess spending so much time denying climate change must leave him pretty exhausted."The senator has yet to offer public comment on the issue".

Since last Thursday, 16 Texans have died due to the extreme weather, according to a CNN tally.

Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said in a tweet Thursday morning that Cruz "should be on the phone with federal agencies, not on a trip to Mexico".

"I have no defense", he wrote apologetically.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks on the Senate floor on February 4 in opposition to holding the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

Millions of Texans remained paralysed by power and water outages after a winter storm and freezing temperatures that hampered efforts to restore full power.

But hours after those assurances, the number of outages in Texas only rose, at one point exceeding 4 million customers. Thousands of Texans are without power.