Texas’ current nightmare has made this one hell of a week for Lone Star State residents. The devastating ice storm has ripped the state’s free-standing power grid apart, leaving millions of people without power (electricity, heat, and in. many cases, water) for days. They’re literally freezing (and the death toll is climbing), and that led to the resurfacing of poorly aged tweets from Texas politicians, including the much maligned Senator Ted Cruz, who previously mocked California during its past power outages. Cruz appeared to gain an uncharacteristic slice of humility while tweeting, “I got no defense” and adding several “stay safe!” tweets throughout the day.
Cruz even stopped throwing a tantrum over people laughing at him for falling for a conservative parody story. It was strange! It didn’t feel right for Cruz to roll over and play nice, and as the day wore on, people noticed that the dude was quiet. As Vox’s Aaron Rupar noted on Twitter, “Ted Cruz isn’t shi*posting or trying to own libs on Twitter which strongly suggests something is up.” As it turns out, Cruz wasn’t “sh*tposting” because his phone was probably on airplane mode.
Photos surfaced of a man who looked very much like Ted Cruz flying out of Houston late Wednesday afternoon on a flight to Cancun, Mexico (which is currently sitting at a balmy 80 degrees). This seemed, at once, to be something that Ted Cruz would actually do — flee to a warm and sunny vacation spot while his constituents suffered without being able to warm their families — and something that he’d probably be too smart to actually do during a crisis. Well, people dug into clues (it sure looked like this guy has the same questionable haircut), and as Keith Edwards (a Jon Ossoff staffer) tweeted, “Ok, at first I didn’t think this was ted cruz, but this person has the same mask as the senator.” Screencap times aided the impromptu online investigation.
Ok, at first I didn't think this was ted cruz, but this person has the same mask as the senator.
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) February 18, 2021
These were taken at 4:10p today, per this screenshot. The flight was at 4:45p, coming out of Houston. pic.twitter.com/EWA5iBiUm1
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) February 18, 2021
That looks exactly like Ted Cruz going to Cancun, but if by chance it isn’t, then it’s a man who hates himself because he looks exactly like Ted Cruz going to Cancun.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 18, 2021
Journalist David Schuster confirmed the reports of #CancunCruz as truth, and he tweeted, “[H]is family flew to Cancun tonight for a few days at a resort they’ve visited before. Cruz seems to believe there isn’t much for him to do in Texas for the millions of fellow Texans who remain without electricity/water and are literally freezing.”
Just confirmed @SenTedCruz and his family flew to Cancun tonight for a few days at a resort they've visited before. Cruz seems to believe there isn't much for him to do in Texas for the millions of fellow Texans who remain without electricity/water and are literally freezing. pic.twitter.com/6nPiVWtdxe
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) February 18, 2021
And Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Paul Steinhauser are here with more confirmation.
Colleague Paul Steinhauser confirms GOP TX Sen Ted Cruz traveled to Cancun amid the TX storm/power outages. GOP Source: “the photos speak for themselves”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 18, 2021
Ted Cruz couldn’t have picked a worse look during his state’s emergency. Former Rep. (and almost successful Cruz senatorial challenger) Beto O’Rourke blasted Cruz (who he called a seditionist) for apparently hightailing it to Cancun “when people are literally freezing to death in the state that he’s elected to represent and serve.”
Discussing the Capitol Insurrection, @BetoORourke just now mentioned that Sen. Ted Cruz reportedly hightailed it to Cancun, Mexico, while his constituents freeze to death and have to boil water. pic.twitter.com/9fh4zpfStR
— The Recount (@therecount) February 18, 2021
Obviously (and justifiably), people are outraged that Cruz would do this during his state’s widening emergency (and while people are still suffering during a pandemic, too).
(By the way, Texans are still dying and suffering due to COVID-19, and there’s yet no relief bill. But he’s having fun in the sun.) https://t.co/9y8fynWUov
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 18, 2021
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) February 18, 2021
Totally fine with Ted Cruz bailing on Texas for a Cancun vacation during this brutal winter storm that has left the state’s deregulated power company inoperable and is endangering the lives of millions.
… so long as he never returns again.
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) February 18, 2021
Does anyone know where Ted Cruz is? pic.twitter.com/QcYDwi3aDs
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) February 18, 2021
Hopefully Ted Cruz (R-Cancun) has good cell phone service at the beach so he can fake caring about his constituents comfortably in the shade. Stay safe @tedcruz! We don't want you to get a sunburn!https://t.co/RjSxoZNNor
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) February 18, 2021
Caravan of dangerous immigrants spotted heading toward Mexico. pic.twitter.com/O1dqakQVXj
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) February 18, 2021
.@tedcruz finally wearing a mask to escape Texas while millions suffer. You and Heidi sure are who we thought you were.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) February 18, 2021
When Ted Cruz goes to Cancun during the middle of a power outage pic.twitter.com/QulIdeeQox
— HARD FACTOR (@HardFactorNews) February 18, 2021
This tweet may sum up the situation in the best possible way.
I saw "What a POS" trending and I knew it was about Ted Cruz.
— Buddy Winston (@BuddyWinston) February 18, 2021
UPDATE: Well, it looks like Cruz (whose full name is Rafael Edward Cruz) is cruising back from Cancun already, and he missed out on an upgrade.
Here’s the upgrade list for this afternoon’s flight from Cancun to Houston.
That’s assuming that “cru, r” is him. And I do. pic.twitter.com/CqfKa5rJfG
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 18, 2021