Following the backlash from his spontaneous trip to sunny Cancun as Texas froze over, Sen. Ted Cruz has been doing some serious backtracking, which includes sharing photos of himself helping struggling Texans.
However, his efforts to fix his reputation were to little avail, as SNL spectacularly roasted him in one of their sketches over the weekend.
Keep scrolling to watch the clip for yourself...
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 last 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 by far the worst affected.
President Biden declared a state of emergency in the State...
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.
Due to Texas usually experiencing a warmer climate, residents have found themselves completely unprepared for the below-freezing temperatures...
And thousands have since been forced to evacuate their homes.
Dozens of deaths have been linked to the extreme weather conditions...
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 sadly set to rise.
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.
Who knows how long this nightmare will last?
This is undoubtedly one of the worst weather crisis' our country has faced in years, and every bit of help and assistance is crucial.
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 at the start of last week that the Republican Senator had packed his bags and fled to sun-soaked Cancun in Mexico.
He was spotted in a Houston airport with his wife and daughters queuing for a United Airlines flight on February 17th.
It is 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.
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 were - and still are - living and struggling in below-freezing conditions.
Texans quickly took to tweeting Cruz photos of their dire living 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
In an attempt to bring him back to his senses.
The Texas Democratic Party then 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."
Well, quite predictably, Cruz hastily backtracked following the outrage...
As the Senator was spotted on a flight back to Houston the following day.
Cruz landed back in Texas with his tail between his legs...
And, in a very awkward statement to ABC News, admitted that 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."
Well, in the aftermath of his poorly timed trip, Cruz has been desperately attempting to regain any form of reputation...
Which has included posting this series of photos, in which Cruz can be seen extending an arm to a female shopper and lifting bottles of water into various cars, alongside the caption, "#TexasStrong."
Well, his efforts have been to little avail.
As stated earlier, Saturday Night Live took the opportunity to spectacularly roast Cruz in one of their sketches over the weekend - and it completely tore him to shreds.
In the sketch, Britney Spears - portrayed by Chloe Fineman - hosted a new show called Oops, You Did It Again, where celebrities and politicians can apologize when they screw up.
She also gave a hilarious shout out to their sponsor, the Notes App:
"Are you looking to post a lame apology twenty years late? Go through the motions with the Notes App!"
Anyway, Ted Cruz - portrayed excellently by Aidy Bryant - was obviously Britney's guest...
And was obviously decked out in post-vacation corn-rows, a novelty "Cancun Family Vacation 2021" shirt, and a pina colada.
When "Britney" commented on how tan "Cruz" looked, he had this questionable response:
"Oh no, I'm not tan. I just cried myself red over my fellow Texans."
His total abandonment of his State was also mentioned...
To which the SNL version of Cruz responded jauntily:
"Now, I'm in a little hot water, which I'm told is a thing no one in Texas has."
As "Britney" gave him a stern look, he apologized and said:
"I'm sorry, I'm pretty bad at human stuff."
The segment ended with some dance moves and an insight into what Texans must be feeling at the moment.
As "Britney" asked him if he wanted to dance, he responded:
"Well, I think my fellow Texans want to see me dance and be happy right now. Let's do it."
You can watch the full sketch below.
Of course, Ted Cruz is yet to address SNL's portrayal.