Reports: Ted Cruz Flew To Cancun With Family Amid Power Crisis In Texas — Cruz Breaks Silence
Senator Ted Cruz reportedly flew with his family to Cancun, Mexico this week as his home state was battered by a major winter storm that left at least 500,000 people without power.
Fox News confirmed the reports as photographs of the Texas senator began circulating online late Wednesday causing a major backlash on social media after the failure of the state’s electric grid forced millions of Texans to go days without sustained power in freezing temperatures.
“A Republican source told Fox News that the allegations Cruz was traveling to the Mexican city are true,” Fox News reported, noting that the source said the photos of the senator “speak for themselves.”
Those alleging that Cruz flew to Cancun cited a United Airlines flight (UA1020) that departed the senator’s hometown on February 17, and landed in the Mexican city less than an hour later at 7:52 p.m.
“Guess which US Senator from Texas flew to Cancun while the state was freezing to death and having to boil water,” state Rep. Gene Wu from Cruz‘s hometown of Houston wrote on Twitter.
Guess which US Senator from Texas flew to Cancun while the state was freezing to death and having to boil water? pic.twitter.com/fNY00EmMMR
— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) February 18, 2021
A Democratic operative who worked on the campaign of Georgia Senator Jon Ossof’s, also tweeted that those in the same flight with the Senator allegedly confirmed it was him on the photos circulating.
I now have multiple people DMing me, confirming he was on their flight to Cancun today 👀 https://t.co/B6aikULyZ6
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) February 18, 2021
Re: the Ted Cruz/Cancun thing, this is the photo that unlocks the whole thing. He's in a United terminal. In the top left you can that it's 4:10 pm (or 4ish PM at least). To the left of that, you can see that he's near gate E11, with its destination being Ft. Lauderdale. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/hUuUqSNBze
— Nesler (@thatnesler) February 18, 2021
Caught tonight! @TedCruz fleeing to CANCUN while his home state freezes with no running water or electricity
— Make it Rain ☔️🎸 (@Trx1000) February 18, 2021
Another comment wrote: “Sen. Ted Cruz likes his ‘Come and Take’ mask so much that he wore it to the inauguration and on the plane to Cancun … he must mean his job…”
Sen. Ted Cruz likes his “Come and Take” mask so much that he wore it to the inauguration and on the plane to Cancun.
He must mean his job… pic.twitter.com/0ADujo6s9Z
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 18, 2021
Following the backlash, reports surfaced that the senator’s family trip was planned “in advance” — others said Cruz is now expected to return immediately.
Here’s the upgrade list for this afternoon’s flight from Cancun to Houston.
That’s assuming that “cru, r” is him. And I do. pic.twitter.com/CqfKa5rJfG
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 18, 2021
Update: The Senator finally released a statement regarding the issue.
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon,” he said, adding that he is in “constant” touch with Texas authorities.
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) February 18, 2021
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