Ted Cruz Regrets Decision To Travel To Cancun, Admits Leaving Texans Behind To Freeze Was a Mistake
Some Texans are not happy with Ted Cruz right now.
While Texas is going through unprecedented power outages and residents are having to boil water while freezing in the darkness of their homes due to the effects of the winter storm, the U.S. Senator has reportedly hopped a plane for the warmer temps in Cancun.
UPDATE: As more new details emerged over his trip, Texas senator Ted Cruz admits he made a mistake and regrets his decision to leave for warmer temperatures in Cancun while millions of his constituents were left to deal with a water and power crisis.
More via ABC 13 Houston here.
UPDATE: Cruz confirmed his trip to Cancun, saying that he flew down with his daughters who asked to take a trip with friends. The U.S. senator is now on his way back to Texas.
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
See the full report here from ABC 13 in Houston.
Images began to make their rounds on Twitter and Reddit as social media users crowdsourced photos and connected the dots that a man "with a striking similarity" to Ted Cruz was at an airport and headed to Cancun.
After these online detectives put all the info together it was determined that the U.S. Senator was allegedly at the Houston Airport and boarding a 4:10 p.m. United flight to Cancun.
Online flight records show that UA1020 landed in Cancun at 7:52 p.m. but there has been no comment or response to the backlash from Cruz.
Cruz also faced criticism from fellow state lawmakers including Rep. Gene Wu.
There were also others who claimed they had confirmation from people who were on the flight with Cruz that he was indeed on the plane to Cancun.
The senator did share resources for the storm on Twitter, including information about a warming center in San Antonio, but made no mention of travel.
Naturally, locals who were frustrated with the conditions in Texas were not happy with the idea that their senator was fleeing to warmer temperatures while many were going on days without sustainable power, warmth, or clean water in sub-freezing temperatures.
We'll keep you posted on the developing story when more information is available.