When Winter Storm Uri arrived in Texas, the state was not prepared. There was a huge demand for energy, but Texas has its own electrical grid, so power was switched off, in an effort to conserve energy. This led to millions of people being without electricity, heat, and water (via CNBC).
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz, who represents Texas in the U.S. Senate, and his family were heading off to Cancun. After being criticized for this decision, he said he was just dropping off his wife and daughters, but he had a large bag and later admitted that he had planned on staying through the weekend (via NBC News).
The New York Times got access to text messages that Cruz’s wife, Heidi, sent to other mothers that lived around her. “Anyone can or want to leave for the week?” She mentioned a “direct flight” to Cancun and “hotels w capacity.”
The replies from neighbors included that it “sounds so wonderful” and that another group was “supposed to go to Cabo Friday”. Heidi went on to book flights and the Ritz Carlton for her family, not including their dog, Snowflake, who was left behind, even though her texts stated that their house was “FREEZING” and they “couldn’t stand it anymore” (via The Daily Mail).
Text messages planning Ted Cruz's trip to Cancun were leaked
Ted Cruz discussed the leaked text messages with Josh Holmes on the podcast Ruthless. “I will say, Heidi is pretty p***** at that.”
Cruz went on to say that he has neighbors who are Republicans and neighbors who are Democrats — “folks on our streets who put up Beto signs, which I thought was a little rude” — and that he didn’t “hold a victory party in their front yard” after winning his senator position. His words of advice for them? “Just don’t be a*******. Yeah, like, just, you know, treat each other as human being, have some degree, some modicum of respect.”
After being forced to return to Texas, The Daily Mail reported that Cruz provided first responders with barbecue and shared photos of himself handing out water. In return, he was met with signs at the airport that said “24 dead” in reference to the Texans who lost their life during the winter storm, with protestors yelling “Resign!” and with a mariachi band playing in front of his house.
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