Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gestures as he speaks to members of the media throughout the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump, on prices of inciting the lethal assault on the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2021.
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Is Sen. Ted Cruz now going to be identified as “Flying Ted”?
Social media erupted early Thursday with a number of photos purportedly exhibiting a masked Cruz boarding a aircraft in Houston after which flying to Cancun, Mexico even as hundreds of thousands of his fellow Texans froze due to traditionally low temperatures and widespread energy outages.
Hours after 1000’s of posts on Twitter shared these photos, different photographs confirmed somebody with the Republican’s final title and first preliminary of his authorized first title — Rafael — standing by for a United Airlines flight from Cancun again to Houston later Thursday morning.
At the time, the temperature in Houston was simply 34 levels Fahrenheit. In Cancun, it was a balmy 84 levels.
NBC News repeatedly reached out to Cruz’s workplace in regards to the photographs, however has obtained no response.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who misplaced a detailed Senate election to Cruz in 2018, blasted him throughout an interview Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Cruz “is vacationing in Cancun right now when people are literally freezing to death in the state that he was elected to represent and serve,” mentioned O’Rourke, who for months in 2019 had marketing campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.
Julian Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, who additionally served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, tweeted:”In crises like these, members of Congress play a critical role connecting their constituents to emergency services and assistance.”
Cruz “should be on the phone with federal agencies, not on a trip to Mexico,” Castro wrote.
On Tuesday, Cruz had tweeted — in response to an article criticizing him for mocking California’s personal energy outages months in the past — “I got no defense. A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down. Not good.”
In December, Cruz had criticized Democratic officers who didn’t observe their very own coronavirus pandemic restrictions, together with Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler, who himself flew to Mexico for his daughter’s marriage ceremony in November even as he urged Austin residents to keep house.
“Hypocrites. Complete and utter hypocrites,” Cruz wrote in his December 2 tweet.
Former President Donald Trump, whereas working in opposition to Cruz within the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contests, recurrently derided him with the scornful nickname “Lying Ted.”
But Cruz later turned an ardent Trump supporter, and final month unsuccessfully tried to get Congress to reject the affirmation of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victories in a number of states.
That affirmation course of was interrupted Jan. 6 by the invasion of the Capitol advanced by 1000’s of supporters of Trump. Five individuals, together with a Capitol police workplace, died a results of that riot.