Sen. Ted Cruz and his family flew to Cancun, Mexico, on Wednesday he confirmed in a statement to CNN, as a brutal winter storm ravaged his home state, leaving millions of residents without power or water or clean water.
The Texas Republican said in the statement that he flew down for a night because his daughters “asked to take a trip with friends.”
“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 in the statement, CNN reported.
“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe,” he added.
His statement comes hours after multiple Twitter users posted photos showing Cruz and his family at Houston’s airport and aboard a flight bound for the Mexican vacation hotspot.
Statement from Sen. @tedcruz on his trip to Mexico as millions in his state were without power, heat, and water
(story: https://t.co/1NRMfJGEOy) pic.twitter.com/goWaYd4fDV
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) February 18, 2021
In a statement Thursday, Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa called Cruz’s actions “disturbing and disappointing.”
Hinojosa tore into Cruz for challenging the Electoral College vote ahead of the Capitol riots on Jan. 6, and said Cruz should now resign for “jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold.”
“The Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office,” Hinojosa said. “Barring that, we will put all of the resources we have into defeating him and every Texas Republican who abandoned us in this disaster, including Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick, in 2022 and 2024. We are in a battle for the soul of our state. We must restore ethics, competence, and a government that works for the people.”
Millions of Texans have been without power for days after a strong winter storm swept across the state, taxing an energy grid that is not equipped to deal with freezing temperatures.
There have been dozens of deaths related to the extreme weather after many suffered power outages and temperatures plunged into the single digits earlier in the week.
Cruz’s statement was met with scorn and ridicule on social media.
We knew he’d blame someone – didn’t expect it to be his daughters. No apology. No remorse. No accountability.
According to media, Ted Cruz was originally scheduled to return to Texas on Saturday, but rescheduled his flight after intense criticism for his trip to Cancun. https://t.co/jTwosnee6T
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 18, 2021
Finding out ted cruz’s daughters are 10 and 12 makes this story even more unhinged
— Natalie Walker (@nwalks) February 18, 2021
Blaming your daughters is just next level. You gotta just tip your cap. You may not like it, but this is what peak performance looks like.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 18, 2021
Ted Cruz knows it takes a REAL MAN to stand up for your daughters… and throw them under the bus, while America watches. pic.twitter.com/lUEl7BldOz
— Amir (@blumenfeld) February 18, 2021
Given that @tedcruz was willing to attack democracy with lies about the election, why would anyone be surprised that he is willing to kneecap his daughter with lies about a Cancun vacation?
— Kurt “Masks Save Lives” Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) February 18, 2021
Ted Cruz blamed his daughters and tried to claim that he was just dropping them off in Cancun.
He really is an innovator in the field of shamelessness. https://t.co/ymtcKdCLG7
— Stim Shady (@BostonJerry) February 18, 2021