WASHINGTON– Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is dealing with backlash after pictures went viral that supposedly reveal him and his family taking a trip to Cancún, Mexico, as his state’s homeowners suffer without heat, water and power since of the state’s historic winter storm.
The images, which started circulating on social networks Wednesday night, show Cruz with his family waiting at an airport gate with baggage and boarding an aircraft. NBC News verified several of the pictures, which seemed to reveal the senator taking a trip to Mexico, though the reasons for the check out are not understood.
Cruz’s Senate workplace did not react to NBC News’ repetitive ask for comment.
The Houston Police Department verified to NBC that Cruz’s personnel called them on Wednesday afternoon to help him in his arrival and motions through Houston’s worldwide airport.
” They connected to us, let us understand that he was going to be getting here and could we assist, so upon his arrival to the Houston airport we monitored his movements,” a police department representative informed NBC.
The reports come as millions of individuals throughout Texas have actually been having a hard time without power and heat and suffered water supply disturbances for numerous days amidst record-low temperatures.
The state Democratic Party has gotten in touch with Cruz to resign from Congress because of the circumstance, tweeting, “Texans are dying and you’re on a flight to Cancun. #TedCruzRESIGN.”
State Rep. Gene Wu tweeted late Wednesday, “Guess which US Senator from Texas flew to Cancun while the state was freezing to death and needing to boil water?” and revealed an image of Cruz strolling down the aisle of an aircraft he was boarding.
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., tweeted Thursday, “It must be simple not to believe in climate change if you can just leave millions of Texans suffering without power or water to sit on a beach in Cancún.”
The last thing tweeted from Cruz’s Senate account had to do with how he and 8 other GOP lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee were calling for an investigation into New york city Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the reporting on nursing home deaths due to Covid-19
Cruz tweeted a video clip of a CNN sector in early December about how Democratic officials were caught not following their own guidelines when it came to Covid-19 Cruz called them, “Hypocrites. Complete and utter hypocrites.”
He said in his tweet not to forget that Austin Mayor Steve Adler “who took a private jet with 8 individuals to Cabo and WHILE IN CABO taped a video telling Austinites to ‘stay at home if you can … this is not the time to unwind.'”
Rebecca Shabad is a congressional press reporter for NBC News, based in Washington.
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