Politics Skedaddle excuses say much about character of 'Cancun Cruz'
Ilhan Omar Blasts Ted Cruz, Accused of Flying to Mexico, as Texans Struggle After Winter Storm
The Texas Republican appeared to be flying to Cancun, Mexico, for a family vacation on Wednesday, while millions of Texans are without heat and water due to severe winter weather. © Greg Nash/Getty Sen, Ted Cruz (R-TX) was criticized Thursday after photos appeared to show him traveling to Mexico during an ongoing winter crisis in Texas. Here, Cruz speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2021.
He was trying to be a good dad to his daughters who asked to take a trip with their friends, Sen. Ted. But he had "second thoughts almost immediately because of the crisis here in Texas" and decided to drop the daughters off in a luxury hotel in Cancun, Mexico, and return home the next day. When text messages from his wife revealed another motive - an escape from a winter storm that left millions of Texans without power and running water - Cruz acknowledged he had "obviously made a mistake."
. In 2015, they pointed out, Cruz tweeted that "if only terrorists attacked a golf course" they might get President Obama's attention. In 2020, he blasted Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, for telling citizens in his city to stay home and then jetting off to Cabo, Mexico: "Hypocrites, complete and utter hypocrites."
'Obviously a mistake': Sen. Ted Cruz says he regrets going to Cancún while Texans froze
Cruz said he went to Mexico to drop off his daughters and was flying home Thursday. He said he originally planned to stay through the weekend.“It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it," Cruz said outside his home after returning to Houston, where he was greeted by protesters chanting, "Resign.
, Cruz's "mistake" may linger in the minds of voters. Far more important, in my judgment, are the defects in Cruz's character and his commitment of convenience to certain conservative doctrines - deregulation and the limited role of the federal government - that were put into bold relief by the firestorm over the snowstorm.
In August 2020, when California officials responded to wildfires with rolling blackouts, Cruz's officials for an inability "to perform even basic functions of civilization like having reliable electricity... Hope you don't like air conditioning." Some angry left-wingers, , "think California is the only place that has Summer. It's hot everywhere... but the rest of the country doesn't have such a dysfunctional state government that you can't turn the lights on."
Matt Gaetz Defends Ted Cruz Amid Cancun Debacle: 'Should Not Have Apologized'
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.
When Texas took its turn in the national disaster spotlight, Cruz changed his tune.
Of the lower 48 states,maintains its own electric grid (to avoid federal regulation). Warned repeatedly that its infrastructure had decayed and should be winterized, the legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott refused to mandate upgrades. When disaster struck, Texas could not borrow power from its neighbors.
And consumers paid the price of the Lone Star State's free pass to energy companies to issue variable rate contracts, tied to spot prices. The Texas Public Utility Commissionersas prices rose from 12 cents to $9 per kilowatt hour. Some households saw their bills spike to $5,000-$10,000 a month. Those not subject to variable rates will almost certainly see substantial price increases as well.
Sen. Cruz, whoexporting his state's market-based energy system, a "recipe for success, to more and more states," "that no power company should get a windfall because of a natural disaster and Texans shouldn't get hammered by ridiculous rate increases for last week's energy debacle. State and local regulators should act swiftly to prevent this injustice."
Ted Cruz Cancun Trip Prompts Wave of Mexico Border Wall Jokes
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.
Consistent only in pursuit of his own self-interest, Cruz's 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, 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. Before catching his flight to Cancun in February 2021,for a disaster declaration and federal aid to all 254 counties in Texas. Citing "prolonged sub-freezing temperatures, strained energy capacity, and treacherous roadways," Cruz asserted that "the severity and magnitude of the storm is beyond the response capabilities of the state and local governments." Relief from natural disasters, he declared, "has been a vital federal role for a long, long time and it should continue." Asked about his earlier votes, Cruz responded, "There's time for political sniping later."
Ted Cruz Billboard, Posters Spotted in Texas Mocking Senator's Cancun Trip
Senator Ted Cruz is facing calls to resign after flying with his family to Cancun on Wednesday night where, his wife told friends, rooms at the Ritz-Carlton where they planned to stay cost $309 a night.A digital billboard emblazoned with the message "Texans Froze. Ted Fled" has been seen on the side of a truck was reportedly spotted driving through Houston by Fox 26 journalist Natalie Hee.
A selective deficit hawk, whofrom oil and gas companies in his 2018 re-election campaign than any other U.S. Senator, Cruz supports an end to federal government subsidies for ethanol but not, of course, for Big Oil. He pushed to make sure , including two of his biggest donors, received loans from the Federal Reserve program designed to help companies weather the pandemic, and Congress lifted the $25 million cap on individual appropriations.
As David Graham has written in, Senator Cruz's behavior itself constitutes "a kind of power failure."
Glenn C. Altschuler is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He is the co-author (with Stuart Blumin) of "."
Texas Party Store Sells Ted Cruz Piñatas After Cancun Fiasco .
Carlos De La Fuente, one of the owners of ABC Party HQ in Dallas, said they "want to provide a good laugh for people during these difficult times."The Texas Republican received significant backlash after he and his family decided to travel to the Mexican tourist destination while millions of Texans were without power and water 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 ABC Party HQ in Dallas has gotten in on the action.