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Politics Cruz reportedly returning to Texas amid backlash over Cancun trip while millions lost power in his state during a fatal winter storm

19:52  18 february  2021
19:52  18 february  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Nobody is sure where Ted Cruz is, but many are speculating he flew to Cancun after Texas' deadly winter storm

  Nobody is sure where Ted Cruz is, but many are speculating he flew to Cancun after Texas' deadly winter storm Unverified images on Twitter claim to show Ted Cruz taking a flight out of storm-ravaged Texas and to Cancun, Mexico.Insider has been unable to immediately verify the images, and could not immediately reach Cruz or one of his representatives for comment. As of early Thursday, no media outlet had reported a response from Cruz.

Ted Cruz wearing sunglasses and smoking a cigarette: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Cumming, Ga. Brynn Anderson/AP © Brynn Anderson/AP Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Cumming, Ga. Brynn Anderson/AP
  • Sen. Ted Cruz is reportedly traveling back to Houston from Cancun, Mexico, on Thursday.
  • Cruz is facing intense backlash for leaving Texas amid a fatal winter storm.
  • Millions of Texans have lost power during the storm, which has brought record-low temperatures.
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is traveling back to Houston from Cancun, Mexico, on Thursday, CNN reported, as he faces on onslaught of criticism for taking a vacation while his state faces a severe winter storm.

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The family trip had been planned a long time ago, but Cruz was expected to return imminently, a source told the Associated Press. Images apparently showing Cruz on a standby list for a flight from Cancun to Houston also surfaced on social media on Thursday morning, but his name eventually disappeared.

The storm has left millions of Texans without power, heat, and potable water amid record-low temperatures.

Cruz left for Mexico on Wednesday, according to multiple news outlets.

Many were seemingly enraged by the prospect of the senator abandoning his state as it struggles to contend with the devastating storm.

Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat and former House member who ran against Cruz in 2018, excoriated the Texas senator over his trip. In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, O'Rourke discussed Cruz's role in the Capitol attack on January 6 and took a swipe at the Texas Republican for leaving their state when he did.

When Is Ted Cruz Up for Reelection in the Senate?

  When Is Ted Cruz Up for Reelection in the Senate? The Texas senator has faced a backlash after being photographed flying to Mexico amid the crisis in his home state.Photos of the prominent Republican heading to Mexico with his family went viral amid the ongoing problems posed by the winter storm in Texas. Cruz did not immediately confirm whether it was him traveling despite the mounting backlash during his silence.

"Unless we hold those responsible accountable for what they did - yes, that means Donald Trump, but it also means the junior senator from the state of Texas, who I understand is vacationing in Cancun right now, when people are literally freezing to death in the state he was elected to represent and serve," O'Rourke said.

Cruz was also widely lambasted on Twitter over his Cancun trip, including by other congressional lawmakers.

Cruz's office did not respond to Insider's requests for comment.

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Now that he's back from Cancun, Ted Cruz's reputation repair tour could be putting more people at risk .
The Texas senator has been flouting CDC quarantine recommendations while he attempts to mend his public image.That's because the CDC recommends that travelers should get tested for coronavirus 3-5 days upon returning and self-quarantine for at least seven full days after traveling.

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