Ted Cruz Slammed for Flying to Cancun Amid Devastating Texas Storm Outages

The oft-criticized Republican was seen in photos on social media, with multiple outlets since reporting he was indeed bound for the Mexican city.


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Democrats in Texas are calling for Sen. Ted Cruz’s resignation after photos surfaced on Twitter appearing to show the Republican on a flight en route to Cancun while millions of Texans are suffering amid prolonged power outages due to a snow storm.

In a tweet on Wednesday night, journalist David Shuster—whose credits include anchoring for MSNBC and Al Jazeera America—said he had confirmed that Cruz and his family had flown to Cancun that night “for a few days at a resort” they’ve previously visited in the past. 

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

Early Thursday, Shuster added that his confirmation came from several eyewitnesses of Ted and Heidi Cruz in Cancun. And in a separate report on Thursday, the Associated Press —citing a source with “direct knowledge”—also confirmed the trip.

Per the Washington Post, Cruz was said to have also been spotted in the Houston airport as he prepped to board a United Airlines flight from Texas that was set to stop in Fort Lauderdale before continuing service to the Mexican resort city. At the time of this writing, Cruz’s team had not issued a statement in response to the ongoing controversy, which has seen widespread criticism directed at the Trump-supporting Republican due to both the aforementioned snow event and the fact that we are still very much in the middle of a pandemic.

In a tweeted message also shared on Wednesday night, the official account of the Texas Democratic Party urged Cruz to resign.

“Texans are dying and you’re on a flight to Cancun,” Dems said, later telling voters that “character is on the ballot in 2022 and 2024.”

Cruz, per an update from NBC News and MSNBC political analyst Jake Sherman, returned to Texas at some point on Thursday:

Here’s the upgrade list for this afternoon’s flight from Cancun to Houston.

Looks like ⁦@tedcruz⁩ is on his way back, ⁦@danpfeiffer⁩. He’s just narrowly missing the upgrade list

That’s assuming that “cru, r” is him. And I do. pic.twitter.com/CqfKa5rJfG

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 18, 2021

The New York Times reports that Cruz’s staff contacted the Houston Police Department requesting “assistance upon arrival” for the Senator. On Thursday afternoon, Cruz released a statement saying he was simply escorting his children to Cancun and had always planned on flying back the following day. 

New Statement from @tedcruz: pic.twitter.com/0WMni5O9R1

— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) February 18, 2021

Another report from NYT detailed text messages sent from Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, to friends and neighbors about the “hastily planned trip,” according to the publication. It included an invitation to join the Cruz family at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancún for a trip that would last until Sunday, where the family had stayed “many times.” The texts also noted the room price ($309/night) and the hotel’s security.

Cruz, while later speaking to reporters, said his decision to go to Cancun was “obviously a mistake.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, back in Texas, says it was "obviously a mistake" to go to Cancun.

You can hear protestors chanting "Resign!" in the background. pic.twitter.com/FwA6Dsg4fv

— The Recount (@therecount) February 19, 2021

Meanwhile, fellow Texan Beto O’Rourke—who was narrowly defeated by Cruz in a Senate race in 2018—offered a hand to those in need by holding a virtual event in which he and a number of supporters made more than 151,000 calls to senior citizens in the state. The project, dubbed the Texas Welfare Check Phone Bank, was conducted via Zoom and lasted for eight hours. Another edition of the event is set for Thursday.

See a sampling below of the widespread criticism being directed at Cruz, whose recent Twitter activity includes a prayer vow for the family of Rush Limbaugh, who died this week at the age of 70.

I think @SenTedCruz is desperately trying to rebrand from the “inspired a deadly insurrection” motherfucker to the “left my constituents to freeze to death so I could go to Cancun” motherfucker, but luckily he can be both. He’s just that big a motherfucker.

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 18, 2021

Ted Cruz packing his bags after being in Cancun for like an hour and a half pic.twitter.com/8Ogxzn32Ln

— Ryan Brooks (@ryanbrooks) February 18, 2021

Pro tip for Ted Cruz: Next time you want to slink away to Cancun while millions of your constituents are without heat, water and basic necessities, rent a private jet my guy. Last minute usage of frequent flyer miles will get you caught every time.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 18, 2021

Ted’s gonna fire off some tweets about tofu and cancel culture, then kick up his feet and call it a day.

— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) February 18, 2021

Prediction: Ted Cruz is gonna show up on Fox News and say, with a completely straight face, that he was forced to travel to Cancun due to the disastrous Green New Deal

— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) February 18, 2021

If Ted Cruz is in Texas, he'd have a pic of it and a hard retort up on social media by now. The silence we hear from Senator Cruz over this news cycle is the sound of a man waiting quietly in a Mexican airport lounge for the intercom to call for boarding on the next flight home. https://t.co/M2Gceq72Lm

— David Simon (@AoDespair) February 18, 2021

After the George Floyd uprisings in Minneapolis, when thousands were struggling to find food, my office and I held food drives and donated more than 20 tons of food to the community.

Meanwhile, as millions of Texans lack power, heat, and food, @tedcruz heads off to Cancun. Hm.

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 18, 2021

Ted Cruz is just doing his part to relieve demand on his state’s overburdened power grid by going somewhere else. The really irresponsible elected officials are the ones who didn’t go to Cancun.

— Josh Barro (@jbarro) February 18, 2021

Won't be surprised if Ted Cruz throws his wife and family under the bus and blames them for being forced to go to Cancun. I'm serious.

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 18, 2021

My guess as to how the #FlyingTed scandal unfolds:

Cruz posts a photo of himself drinking a Piña Colada out of a cup that says LIBERAL TEARS.

Benny Johnson declares that it’s “EPIC!!!!” and starts chanting, lib tears can’t melt wind turbines.

Don Jr endorses Ted.

— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) February 18, 2021

They say crisis reveals character.

As Texans freeze in their homes, Texas Republicans show their true colors.

Abbott goes on Fox News to advance his presidential ambitions. Cruz f@$&s off to Cancun.

This is who they are.

Weak. Inept. Self-Serving.

Texans deserve better.

— Luke Warford 🚂 (@LukeWarfordTX) February 18, 2021

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