As this story has unfolded it’s gotten worse and worse…
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is facing MAJOR backlash for traveling to Cancun, Mexico as a winter disaster plunged his home state in to the deep freeze.
Cruz lied about why he went on vacation, threw his kids under the bus, after he hypocritically criticized other officials for abandoning their duties. And then there’s his animal cruelty.
At first Cruz tried to explain it away,
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. 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.”
Sounds reasonable, right? Bad optics but he was “just being a good Dad.
Except that he lied.
According to, The New York Times, Cruz’s wife Heidi invited friends and neighbors to join them after saying that her house was
The messages, which were verified by a second, unnamed person in the thread, invited the friends to join them at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun and noted the room price this week at $309 per night. She added that her family has stayed there “many times.”
His decision to leave the state for Cancun was criticized by state Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, who called it as
“callous as any politician can get… he’s a politician that really has never cared much about anybody but himself.”
So the NYT got the Cancun group text from Cruz’s friends, proving once and for all that he has none. https://t.co/EeQKfoECjr— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) February 18, 2021
The Daily Show got footage from Cancun…
Live look: Ted Cruz arrives in Cancun pic.twitter.com/KegkAqvIJ2— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 18, 2021
Oh, but it gets worse…
Cruz has repeatedly criticized politicians who vacationed or took part in leisure activities during times of crisis. This past December, Cruz attacked Austin Mayor Steve Adler for going to Cabo, Mexico, during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Hypocrites. Complete and utter hypocrites. And don’t forget @MayorAdler who took a private jet with eight people to Cabo and WHILE IN CABO recorded a video telling Austinites to ‘stay home if you can…this is not the time to relax.'”
In 2017, he slammed then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
“should go back to the beach.”
He was referencing the governor’s trip to a closed state beach with his family while the state’s government was shut down.
Memes began popping up immediately yesterday…
Cruz opposed an aid package in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which affected the northeast. Not Texas.
In 2014, Cruz attacked then-President Barack Obama for attending a fundraiser during a crisis at the border in Texas and said the President spent too much time on the golf course.
“I think the President should actually stand up and do his job as commander-in-chief, should spend less time on the golf course and more time doing the job to which he was elected.”
A month earlier, during an appearance on FoxNews in July, Cruz called Obama an
…. He’s going to two major fundraisers where he wants to be with wealthy Democratic donors, but apparently, he doesn’t have time to actually go and see the border, he doesn’t have time to see the children who are suffering because of his failed policies.“
There was a guy who was just in the White House last month that golfed all the time… what was his name? Escapes me. How quickly people forget.
Hypocrites. Complete and utter hypocrites.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 2, 2020
And don’t forget @MayorAdler who took a private jet with eight people to Cabo and WHILE IN CABO recorded a video telling Austinites to “stay home if you can…this is not the time to relax.” pic.twitter.com/KSvkiwxgga
…and it gets even worse.
New York Magazine‘s Michael Hardy investigated claims that Cruz’s family home did not have power. Hardy writes,
“Cynics immediately cast doubt on this claim, so this afternoon I decided to check out the senator’s power situation for myself.
Supplied with Cruz’s address by a knowledgeable friend, I drove the fifteen minutes from my Houston apartment to the uber-rich River Oaks neighborhood where Cruz lives.”
From the street, Cruz’s white, Colonial Revival-style mansion looked dark and uninhabited. A neighbor informed me that the block had indeed lost power before finally getting it back late Wednesday night. A glance at the lighted lanterns flanking the doorways of other homes on the block confirmed this. The senator’s story appeared to check out. But then I heard barking and noticed a small, white dog looking out the bottom right pane of glass in the senator’s front door.
Had Cruz left his dog behind?
“As I approached to knock, a man stepped out of the Suburban parked in Cruz’s driveway. Is this Senator Cruz’s house?’”
The man told Hardy it was and that Cruz wasn’t home, and identified himself as a security guard. When asked who was taking care of the dog, the guard said that he was.
Except that the dog was alone in a cold house and the security guard was in his warm car.
The dog’s name? No joke; Snowflake.
Poor Snowflake. Poor Texas.
The man identified himself as a security guard.— Michael Hardy (@mkerrhardy) February 18, 2021