Millions of Texans have been left without electricity and heat in the frigid weather for more than 48 hours now due to a severe snowstorm that overwhelmed Texas’ power grid, causing outages statewide.
“I got no defense,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted with a shrug emoji on Tuesday in response to an article on how he’d mocked California’s power outages last year. “A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down. Not good. Stay safe!”
Then he jetted off to sunny Mexico like a modern-day Marie Antoinette the next day.
Photos showing the Texas GOP senator on a plane to Cancún spread like wildfire online on Wednesday night, and the outrage swelled to the point where Cruz’s name began trending on Twitter with Beto O’Rourke, Cruz’s former Democratic challenger who has been organizing a campaign to assist elderly Texans during the crisis, and “What a POS” (“piece of shit”):
And, well, the actual tweets weren’t any kinder:
Don't worry Ted, I figure we have about 12 hours on the generator and pretty soon my wife can take over and the lines at the gas station at 3:00 am should hopefully only be about two hours long so we're all good my man, have fun getting your groove back!
— Respectable Lawyer (@RespectableLaw) February 18, 2021
hahahah oh my god they fucking HATE you, america. the political elite fucking despises you https://t.co/Ib1DWNTHrI
— jordan (@JordanUhl) February 18, 2021
The Shawshank reboot looks horrible. pic.twitter.com/91qeqTGfAG
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) February 18, 2021
This dude's whole state is frozen and he's gonna go annoy some poor waitress on a beach with his Mr. Burns impression https://t.co/76j0VSfYG4
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) February 18, 2021
I have so much hatred in my heart for this fucking absolute scum bag. Calling him a RAT would be an insult to rats. I am fuming mad. I have so many friends, family, friends with family in TX that are suffering. Fuck this piece of shit https://t.co/BIDjyNaZAh
— Tom from stray (@tomfromstray) February 18, 2021
I really hope this is Ted Cruz because:
A) It would perfectly summarize how little he gives a shit about Texas
B) I would feel horrible for whoever was unfortunate enough to be mistaken for Ted Cruz https://t.co/ydT0FQuYE9
— Cam (@cameron_kasky) February 18, 2021
Ted Cruz is the guy from Titanic who jumped on the first lifeboat out with all the women and children. https://t.co/RnV35CFa54
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 18, 2021
Ted Cruz assuring the people of Texas he is not in Cancun pic.twitter.com/AOYbwOWoLL
— NUMBER JUAN 🇵🇷🇺🇸 (@JUANLAUGHINGATU) February 18, 2021
I started to say this is unbelievable then asked myself “Is it though?” https://t.co/KaPGquS5ey
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) February 18, 2021
Must be a Trump hotel in Cancun.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 18, 2021
So much rage in my heart. It just might keep me warm for a few minutes.
— Jill Krause (@babyrabies) February 18, 2021