The Senator of Texas, Ted Cruz, has faced serious backlash this week after he was spotted jetting off to sunny Cancun while leaving Texas in a weather crisis.
And now, upon the Senator returning to Houston with his tail between his legs, Texans have decided to send him photos of their frozen homes...
And it's getting seriously tense.
The photos are extremely eye-opening. Here's the full story...
Right now, a winter storm is wreaking havoc in numerous southern U.S states.
And Texas is perhaps 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.
And not only that, butat 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 that he 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 in below-freezing conditions.
Cruz was spotted in a Houston airport with his family 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.
TMZ also reported that Cruz's wife sent a text message to friends just before the family left for Mexico...
That is one of the most tone deaf responses I have ever heard. Why did you take your family to Mexico to get them out of freezing cold no-power Texas? Because I could...but intended to work remotely....— David Webb (@Mr_Bandman) February 19, 2021
Can’t make this stuff up.
Saying their house was "freezing" and revealing plans to stay until Sunday and inviting others along.
If the report is true, it's a much different story than the Senator's statement claiming he was only going to drop his girls off in Cancun.
Of course, this sparked even more anger and resulted in the Texas Democratic Party calling 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."
Well, Cruz seems to be backtracking following the outrage...
As the Senator was spotted on a flight back to Houston yesterday afternoon.
Cruz is now back in Texas...
"It was obviously a mistake. In hindsight, I wouldn't have done it."— ABC News (@ABC) February 19, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz returned to Texas a day after flying to Mexico with his family as his state reels from a historic storm that has left hundreds of thousands of people without power. https://t.co/7ndXNlccsO pic.twitter.com/GVglObf9tc
And in a statement to ABC News, the Senator said his travels were "obviously a mistake" and "in hindsight, I wouldn't have done it."
He also claimed he was just "trying to be a dad" which isn't at all an excuse for fleeing a crisis and leaving the people of his state to suffer.
Well, the people of Texas are still not impressed with his actions...
#TedCruz makes my skin crawl. His holiday blunder during the #TexasFreeze finally might be the thing that the blinkered voters wake up and see him for what he really is. Also, the irony of being a big “wall” supporter and flying there for holiday. Could not write it.— Luke McMenamin (@medicluke) February 19, 2021
And, to give him a warm welcome home, they have decided to tweet him photos of their current living conditions.
Keep scrolling to see the most poignant ones...
1. This woman sent a photo of her destroyed home.
2. Here, we have broken a water system that has left a full town without running water.
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
3. This resident shared a photo of their olive oil and liquid dish soap completely frozen over.
I’m standing in our Central Austin kitchen - our olive oil and liquid dish soap have frozen. Froze inside my house. No power since early Sunday am, no water since yesterday. @TedCruz is in Mexico. pic.twitter.com/DIHIlTC8VN— tbondartist (@tbondartist) February 18, 2021
4. This Twitter user showed the lengthy queue for a local grocery store, as desperate residents wait to stock up on supplies.
5. Bleak pictures show empty shelves in a local HEB.
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
6. More devastating scenes from Texas grocery stores.
7. A stark comparison of the conditions in Houston to the conditions in Cancun.
8. This Twitter user shared a photo of his niece and nephew, who haven't had electricity since Monday.
Hey @tedcruz - this is my niece & nephew. They live in a trailer home with my pregnant twin sister & her husband. They live in College Station, TX. They have not had electricity since Mon & don't have clean water.— Thomas M. Cavaness (@thomasmcavaness) February 18, 2021
We hope you enjoy your Cancun trip.#CruzResign #CruzToCancun pic.twitter.com/PCVERDI6IZ
9. Residents have been forced to melt snow in order to use their toilets.
Hey @tedcruz , can I stay at your place while your traveling to Cancun? Because like millions of your constituents, I'm melting snow TO BE ABLE TO USE A TOILET IN MY HOUSE DURING THE WORST WINTER STORM IN TEXAS HISTORY.#TedCruz #TexasFreeze pic.twitter.com/D6cRQf419t— Mary Dubya (@bubble_gurl) February 18, 2021
10. More residents sent photos of their snow melting efforts - many of whom worry they will have to use it for drinking water.
11. This person showed a picture of their dog, Maddie, who fell down the stairs after a pipe burst next door - her owner is unable to get her treatment as the street is blocked with ice.
36 hours ago My dog Maddie fell down the stairs after a pipe burst next door. My street is blocked with ice and I can’t leave. She’s barely responsive. @tedcruz @GovAbbott this is on you. @texasdemocrats let’s turn Texas blue and do things that help Texans. pic.twitter.com/v3546FSVmV— Horse Tornado (@Lionel_Felix) February 18, 2021
12. People are attempting to cement their pipes back together after 4 days of no power, water, or heat.
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
13. This Twitter user showed off her own "staycation" - a makeshift tent in her bedroom in order to stay warm.
Inspired by Ted Cruz’s vacay plans, I built this cute little tent over my bed to keep warm! It’s like a lil staycation but without power or running water! pic.twitter.com/CJa9bPIxpI— Christy (@elderlysheldon) February 18, 2021
14. Thirty-six hours of no power can wreak havoc on someone's home, as this Twitter user demonstrated below.
This is the inside of my aunts home after 36 hours of no power and her pipes bursting in her senior community in Conroe Texas...@tedcruz fled to Cancun while millions of his constituents here are suffering. @GovAbbott ,@JohnCornyn ,@tedcruz and the Texas GOP this is on you! pic.twitter.com/hxvlqjniTh— ~Alexandria~ “AstroPetty”💛🐝 (@DOPECHICKBEATS) February 18, 2021
15. "No, this isn't salt for your Cancun margaritas, this is snow I'm boiling so I can wash my hands and flush toilets."
@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
16. This woman shared a photo of her friend's house where a pipe had exploded, leaving a gaping hole in the wall and exposing her and her children to the freezing elements.
Hey @tedcruz, I hope you are enjoying your vacation.— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq. (@ECMcLaughlin) February 18, 2021
HERE IS MY BESTIE’S HOUSE WHERE A PIPE EXPLODED TODAY AND THERE IS A HOLE TO THE ELEMENTS NOW IN DALLAS SHE HAS TWO KIDS AND SLEPT IN A 30 DEGREE HOUSE ENJOY YOUR TEQUILA ASSHOLE pic.twitter.com/khqLEGzeB1
17. "Hey @tedcruz how's the weather down there? A little cold up here, you know, in the state you represent..."
18. This user simply shared a photo of a road sign advising residents that travel is discouraged. Maybe Cruz missed the memo?
Make sure to stay posted for further updates on the ongoing crisis in Texas.