Several photos that have been circulating on social media since Wednesday appear to show Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his family arriving at the airport and then boarding a flight – allegedly heading to Cancun, Mexico.
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) February 18, 2021
The images have been widely shared, with people massively lashing out at the senator for leaving his state when its residents are desperately suffering from cold weather.
waiting for absolute confirmation that Ted Cruz went to Cancun but it doesn’t matter because I don’t have anything to say about it that I could safely put out in a public forum
— JP (@jpbrammer) February 18, 2021
Looks like Ted Cruz is fleeing to Cancun because things got difficult in the state he represents. I guess some people don't believe in leading through difficult circumstances. #TedCruzFailedTexas https://t.co/KcnucWM9ah
— Rising_High (@RisingHigh3) February 18, 2021
A severe winter storm left almost two million people without power in Texas and caused water supply shortages. Some people questioned why Cruz should be able to head to Cancun – supposedly for a vacation as it’s 26 degrees Celsius (78 Fahrenheit) there – while their relatives are deprived of basic needs, have to light fireplaces to heat their houses or queue for food for hours.
My grandparents are without power & water. My mom, a restaurant worker, is out of work without pay. My high-risk brother is on multiple vaccination waitlists.
My U.S. Senator is in Cancun. #ResignTedCruz
— Kolby Lee (@KolbyLee) February 18, 2021
— Emily Porter, M.D. (@dremilyportermd) February 18, 2021
The senator was slammed for being too privileged and accused of hypocrisy, as Cruz himself last month took to Twitter to lash out at “rich, out-of-touch Dems.”
The irony of Ted Cruz’s Tweet from last month when he’s flying to Cancun in the middle of a devastating storm pic.twitter.com/gnKnVVGO95
— Mexican Rug Dealer (@DealinRugs) February 18, 2021
Still, some called for others to wait and see whether it is confirmed that the man in the pictures is indeed Cruz. Other people said there was no need to punch the politician so harshly, as he wouldn’t be able to do a lot to help struggling Texans.
Dude is a federal legislator, not a lineman. He’s not going to fix your electricity. And if he said he would, you’d want someone else. Like a lineman or an electrician.
— Doctor Jay (@jayhafe) February 18, 2021