Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted on Thursday that he booked a last-minute trip to Cancun because his daughters had no school due to Winter Storm Uris and wanted him to drop them off in Mexico.
The reason why Cruz agreed to join his girls on the impromptu getaway, however, was that his family had no heat in their home.
He was cold.
Millions of Texans have experienced lapses in energy delivery caused by an outdated, unprepared power grid. Most lack the means to escape to a tropical paradise while receiving a six-figure taxpayer-funded salary.
Cruz told a Telemundo news crew that chased him down at Cancun National Airport.
Texas is going through horrific storms, and millions of Texans have lost power, have lost heat, and they’ve been hurt. Our family was among them. We had no heat and no power.
Yesterday my daughters asked if they could take a trip with some friends, and Heidi and I agreed, so I flew down with them last night, dropped them off here, and now I’m headed back to Texas and back to continue the work to try and get the power on. What’s happening in Texas is unacceptable.
With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends.
Cruz made no indication of how he personally intends to help solve the crisis:
Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. 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.
Watch here via Mediaite.
NBC’s Peter Alexander added on Twitter that “Ted Cruz booked his return ticket from Cancun to Texas at 6 a.m. today, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Cruz was initially booked to return on Saturday.”
NEW: Ted Cruz booked his return ticket from Cancun to Texas at 6 a.m. today, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Cruz was initially booked to return on Saturday.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) February 18, 2021
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