Politics Texas Party Store Sells Ted Cruz Piñatas After Cancun Fiasco
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.
A party store in Dallas has begun selling piñatas of Senatordesigned to look as the Republican lawmaker appeared in now-viral photos during his return trip from Cancun last week.
The Texas Republican receivedafter he and his family decided to travel to the Mexican tourist destination while millions of Texans amid severe winter weather conditions. After news of his Wednesday afternoon escape to Mexico broke, Cruz quickly booked a return trip to Texas and apologized. However, the mockery and memes have persisted, and now Party HQ in Dallas has gotten in on the action.
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"We just see it as something trending in the news, and want to provide a good laugh for people during these difficult times," Carlos De La Fuente, one of store's owners, told Newsweek Tuesday morning. Local stationNews 5 DFW first reported on the Cruz piñatas.
The piñata depicts Cruz wearing the gray polo shirt, jeans, gray sneakers and Texas flag mask he was photographed wearing onfrom Cancun last week. He's holding an American passport in one hand and pulling a rolling suitcase with the other. It stands about three and a half feet tall and sells for $100. Those interested in purchasing the piñata need to place a preorder and be prepared to wait up to two weeks for it to be finished.
ABC Party HQ previously made piñatas of Senator, a Vermont independent, and former President .
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The Texas senator is facing calls to resign after heading to Mexico as millions in his state grappled with power outages and freezing weather.Cruz returned home on Thursday amid national outrage at his decision to leave for Cancun on Wednesday evening. The senator was photographed on his flight by other passengers, sparking hours of speculation as to his whereabouts while his office remained silent.
"ABC is always trying to stay on top of what is trending on social media or the news," De La Fuente explained. He said that the store has already seen a lot of preorders for the Cruz piñata.
Newsweek reached out to Cruz's press secretary for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
The Sanders piñata came after photos of the progressive lawmaker sitting at President's inauguration went viral online. Those piñatas featured Sanders wearing a blue mask, a green winter jacket and now-iconic knit mittens that led to a flurry of memes and online jokes during and after the January 20 ceremony.
Back in 2015, the store released a Trump piñata as well after the former president launched his first presidential campaign. De La Fuente previously told local ABC News 8 WFAA that he sold thousands of the Trump piñatas "all across the country." Last year, the store released COVID-19 piñatas designed to look like the spiky coronavirus cells as well.
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The senator found himself at the center of a media frenzy on Thursday after photos of him traveling to Cancun amid the disaster emerged.The senator found himself at the center of a media frenzy on Thursday after photos of him traveling to Cancun amid the disaster emerged, garnering widespread condemnation.
Skedaddle excuses say much about character of 'Cancun Cruz' .
His attitude toward federal government disaster relief varies with who gets aid. Between 2013 and 2017, when President Obama was president, Cruz voted against five supplementary disaster assistance bills. In 2013, he maintained, falsely, that "two-thirds of what was spent" on Hurricane Sandy, much of it earmarked for New York and New Jersey, "had little to do" with addressing the disaster.In 2017, however, Cruz supported federal legislation to help Texans ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.