Texas and neighboring states are in a rough patch right now, with a freak winter storm leaving millions without power, freezing in a part of the nation that hasn’t had weather this cold in decades, if not longer. One of Texas’ senators, Ted Cruz, has rightly called for disaster relief, and hopefully they get it quick. Two things, though: Not only was Cruz among a number of Republicans who made jokes last year when California suffered their own energy crisis, he was also one of the lawmakers who voted against the federal assistance after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
This from the same guy that voted no on hurricane sandy relief. Resign
— Agresr (@agresr) February 15, 2021
Cruz along with fellow Texan senator John Cornyn joined forces to request federal assistance after learning that state and local government were unable to battle the severity of the storm on their own. They wrote:
“Prolonged sub-freezing temperatures, strained energy capacity, and treacherous roadways are just a few of the current dangers faced by all Texans. In the last three days, there have been 11 crash-related fatalities as road conditions deteriorate. More than 23,000 Texans have lost power, and frozen pipes have impacted water distribution across the state.”
This is all very noble! But where was this Cruz in 2012, when parts of New York and New Jersey were under water from a freak hurricane? And why did he think power outages in California last summer was a time to attack AOC and ilk? (On a related note, parts of the GOP, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, have blamed their ills on the Green New Deal, which hasn’t even been voted on, let alone enacted.)
And so, much like that time he tried to reach out to AOC only to be reminded that he helped nearly get her and many others killed by MAGA rioters, Cruz’s attempt at do-goodery only reminded many that he’s a jerk.
Texans are dealing w/ near-freezing temps & no power/heat. They deserve help. But yo, the hypocrisy of these two.🙄 https://t.co/vyxpIBycuW
— Tiya Sircar (@tiyasircar) February 16, 2021
Ted Cruz is the same piece of shit who opposed disaster relief for Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey but then asked for it after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.
Even Chris Christie hates that asshole.
Make Cruz walk the plank. Or make clear Texas is getting relief *despite* him.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) February 16, 2021
Lol wait…Republican Texas is asking for disaster relief after a snow storm, but both their Senators voted against giving relief for Hurricane Sandy? Cornyn and Cruz might be the most inept Senators in the country at this point.
— Dan Holo (50%) (@thedanholo) February 16, 2021
— Give Ted Cruz The Boot (@givetedtheboot) February 16, 2021
Huh… so Texas is now Third World…
A month ago, TX was talking of seceding – now y'all begging for disaster relief. This NJ resident remembers both of TX's senators and most of their congressional reps voting against Hurricane Sandy relief… y'all got 4" of snow – suck it
— Justa Name😷 (@Justaname69) February 16, 2021
To my fellow northeasterners. Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz are calling a state of emergency so they can request federal funds to deal with a storm that is standard issue for us. Never forget that Ted voted against federal funding for Hurricane Sandy relief. https://t.co/NjhJ7eZyNm
— Apocalypse Dog (@JackARoe14) February 14, 2021
If I remember correctly, Texas senators voted “No” on Hurricane Sandy relief for my state… https://t.co/jDLFW0LlHG
— MonieLuv (@Monie625) February 15, 2021
The difference between Democrats and people like Ted Cruz is that when Texas needs help in the face of a natural disaster, we won't hesitate to offer federal aid.
But when Hurricane Sandy devastates the northeast, people like Ted Cruz go out of their way to withhold it.
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) February 16, 2021
Over 4.2 million Texans voted for Cruz in '18. Nearly 6 million voted for Cornyn in '20. Both voted against hurricane Sandy aid.
Nearly 6 million also voted for Trump in '20, who had blocked aid money to Puerto Rico.
My friends there are suffering because of these morons. https://t.co/bbJRoAhXHS
— Korla Planned It (@ItKorla) February 16, 2021
Two things are true.
1) Cruz and Cornyn are the worst kind of hypocrites and will rot in hell for voting against aid to Hurricane Sandy victims
2) If aid isn't sent to Texas, it will hurt lower income families and Cruz and Cornyn won't care one bit
— Nicholas Monaldo (@Monaldstro) February 16, 2021
This is the right move but I will always remember Texas Senators voting against Hurricane Sandy money for NY. https://t.co/WcKv1EDPPT
— Dustin M. Czarny (@DustinCzarny) February 15, 2021
So just to recap: Both Ted Cruz and John Cornyn voted against Hurricane Sandy relief. Now their state needs financial assistance. It should get it, and it shouldn’t be thanks to them.