Following the anger and controversy surrounding Ted Cruz's trip to Cancun during the snowstorm crisis in Texas, you'd be forgiven for thinking that he is currently one of the most hated people in America.
But now, leaked text messages have landed his wife, Heidi, in seriously hot water...
And, as a result, she could very well be contending with her husband for the unsavory title.
Here's the full story...
Now, the people of Texas really aren't happy with Sen. Ted Cruz at the moment.
Since he fled snow-stricken Texas to sun-soaked Cancun earlier this week, people have been left feeling both furious and let down by the Republican Senator.
The winter storm that has been wreaking havoc across many southern U.S states is now worse than ever...
And Texas is the worst affected.
Due to the usually warm state being completely unprepared for below-freezing temperatures, thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes...
And the addition of heavy snowstorms has left the state completely powerless in most areas.
Shockingly so, at least twenty-four deaths have been reported so far...
Brutal cold hung over Texas and the central United States on Tuesday, bringing chaos to parts of the U.S. not used to severe winter weather.— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 17, 2021
At least 23 people died across four states, from icy roads and other weather-related incidents.https://t.co/o8gGy927p2 pic.twitter.com/YlB1XYtPDT
And as temperatures continue to fall, this number is set to rise.
Texans are doing their best to push through this difficult period...
We are deploying plainclothes officers in unmarked vehicles across the city looking for anyone burglarizing residences or businesses during power outages. This is a natural disaster and penalty enhancements can lead to 20 year prison sentences. If you need help there are services— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) February 17, 2021
But with many suffering from a loss of power, electricity, and hot running water, they have been forced to make do with what they've got.
People have been taking to social media to share some dreadful new living situations during the unbearable temperatures...
This is how cold it is at my Apartment.— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 16, 2021
As a Texan, yes, I'm certainly not built for this. I don't even care. pic.twitter.com/FMt8imglJp
Including this Twitter user whose fan had literally frozen to the ceiling and had icicles dangling down from it.
President Biden declared a state of emergency in Texas last week...
President Joe Biden approves an emergency declaration for Texas following a winter storm. pic.twitter.com/856FtvRxI7— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) February 15, 2021
And ordered federal assistance from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement local response efforts.
Who knows how long this nightmare will last...
But things continue to get worse.
So, it is hardly surprising that people were utterly outraged to hear of the actions of Texan Senator Ted Cruz.
Instead of staying in the state and working hard to help his people, it was reported earlier this week that the Republican Senator decided to pack up his bags and flee to sun-soaked Cancun in Mexico.
Of course, this didn't sit well with Texas' residents...
It isn't JUST that Ted Cruz left TX during a disaster—though that is bad enough. It's also that he went on vacation to MX during a pandemic. He defended Trump's remarks about Mexicans being drug dealers & rapists. Funny how MX is the first place he escapes to when shit gets hard.— Tina Vasquez (@TheTinaVasquez) February 18, 2021
Who are currently living and struggling in below-freezing conditions.
@tedcruz Hey teddy! No, this isn't salt for your Cancun margaritas, this is snow I'm boiling so I can wash my hands and flush toilets. And even still I'm lucky to have power rn. Don't have too much fun in Mexico or forget to wear sunscreen! #CancunCruz #AbbottResign #AustinTx pic.twitter.com/vuXsYcvTFk— Stress Level Midnight (@EliBerke) February 18, 2021
Hey @tedcruz I hope you are enjoying Cancun. Meanwhile at my house we are melting snow to use as toilet water because our town’s water system is down. But at least our power is working again after 31 hours off. Enjoy your vacation. It’s clear you don’t care. #ResignTedCruz pic.twitter.com/RlEY5g2GMe— Amy Heiss (@HeissofTexas) February 18, 2021
If Ted Cruz hadn't been photographed mid-escape, he'd be sipping a margarita right now at the Ritz Carlton, Cancun.— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) February 19, 2021
Instead... he's actually having to fulfill his Oath to the people of Texas as a United States Senator, and to his poodle Snowflake.
We'll never let him forget it.
hey @tedcruz I’ve been without power for 4 days and I can’t afford food because you don’t make money taking care of my grandfather full time. Not that there is any food at HEB (the only disaster response Texans can actually count on) I’ll accept apologies in my cashapp $blissbean pic.twitter.com/3MY6SIXoJX— Truly Bliss ™️©️®️ (@trulybliss) February 18, 2021
We had no power, water and heat for four days. Right now we have white out conditions but we finally have power to put a space heater up to try and cement our pipes back together. While @SenTedCruz @tedcruz left for sunny #cancun. pic.twitter.com/yhftj3AkrY— Resist🐘 (@ImagineBeingOne) February 18, 2021
Now, Cruz was spotted in a Houston airport with his wife and daughters queuing for a United Airlines flight earlier this week.
It is strongly believed by the person who took the pictures that the Senator boarded a flight that departed at 4.44 pm and landed in Cancun at 7.52 pm.
The Texas Democratic Party quickly called on Cruz to resign.
"Ted Cruz jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold isn't surprising but it is deeply disturbing and disappointing," Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said.
"Cruz is emblematic of what the Texas Republican Party and its leaders have become: weak, corrupt, inept, and self-serving politicians who don't give a damn about the people they were elected to represent. They were elected by the people but have no interest or intent of doing their jobs."
Cruz hastily backtracked following the outrage...
As the Senator was spotted on a flight back to Houston yesterday afternoon.
Cruz is now back in Texas...
And in a very awkward statement to ABC News, the Senator said his travels were "obviously a mistake" and "in hindsight, I wouldn't have done it."
Of course, he failed to issue any form of apology to the people of Texas who are continuing to suffer.
"The moment I sat on that plane I really began second-guessing that decision."
"It had been my intention to work remotely, to be on the phone and to be on the internet... But I needed to be here."
But now, just when we thought the heat couldn't get any hotter for Cruz...
His wife, Heidi Cruz, has thrown herself - somewhat accidentally - into the scandal with some leaked text messages.
In text messages obtained by The New York Times, Heidi told friends that her family's house was "FREEZING"...
And invited them to come to Cancun and stay at the Ritz-Carlton with her family.
In the messages, she informed her friends of the price of the rooms...
As well as mentioning that the hotel has "great security."
Heidi is yet to address the incriminating messages.
Make sure to stay posted for updates on the ongoing weather crisis in Texas.