For some reason, Ted Cruz — the Republican Senator from Texas who will be on the ballot next year, potentially facing Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas) — thought it would be funny recently to joke about his infamous trip outside of the country as his home state grappled with a massively dangerous and deadly winter storm.
The original situation unfolded in 2021, when he was, as he is now, in the Senate term that will be expiring at the beginning of 2025, meaning he hasn’t yet gone again before voters. He faced absolutely massive criticism for essentially skipping town as Texans suffered and died, leaving his home state behind for Mexico, although he eventually — after what one of his explanations indicated was a change of heart — made a quick return. You’d think a political figure facing that kind of turmoil that was based in what could probably be universally described as an objectively bad decision wouldn’t remind observers and his own voters of what happened. And yet, Cruz did so.
“I’m in Midland, TX today, and guess what I found!” Cruz wrote alongside an image of himself with a sign that displayed the name of a local restaurant: “Cancun Grill.” Allred himself, who it seems safe to suspect will nab the Democratic nomination, was among those who replied. “Hey Texans, we don’t have to be embarrassed by our Senator,” the Democrat said.
“Yea, it’s so funny that in the middle of a terrible storm in your state, when people died and others left without heat and electricity, you thought it was the right time to go for a family vacation on the beach in Cancun. Hilarious,” a Twitter account going by Republicans Against Trump said in its own reply. Cruz has also faced other public displays of intense opposition, like when he attended a baseball game in New York City, where members of the crowd let him have it. He was loudly jeered and had onlookers flip him off, repeatedly.
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