Calls are growing for Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) to resign and be expelled after pictures surfaced of him traveling to Cancún, Mexico, on Wednesday while millions in his home state are without power or clean water because of a brutal winter storm.
Photos of Cruz and his wife boarding a flight from Houston to Cancún, Mexico sparked a fierce outcry on social media late Wednesday.
In a statement, Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa called Cruz’s actions “disturbing and disappointing.”
Hinojosa tore into Cruz for challenging the Electoral College vote ahead of the Capitol riots on Jan. 6, and said Cruz should now resign for “jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold.”
“The Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office,” Hinojosa said. “Barring that, we will put all of the resources we have into defeating him and every Texas Republican who abandoned us in this disaster, including Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick, in 2022 and 2024. We are in a battle for the soul of our state. We must restore ethics, competence, and a government that works for the people.”
The Associated Press and Fox News both confirmed that the senator traveled to Mexico with his family. He is expected to return immediately, the reports say.
Millions of Texans have been without power for days after a strong winter storm swept across the state, taxing an energy grid that is not equipped to deal with freezing temperatures.
There have been dozens of deaths related to the extreme weather after many suffered power outages and temperatures plunged into the single digits earlier in the week.
Officials have been scrambling to restore power but the situation has only grown worse in Austin, the state’s capital, as new snow fell Thursday.
CNN’s Jim Acosta confirmed on Thursday that Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo “said his department had been contacted by Senator Ted Cruz’s staff for assistance at the airport Wednesday for his trip to Cancun.”
Can’t say for sure this is Ted Cruz, but this man does appear to be boarding a flight to Cancún in a photo taken yesterday:
-Gate E11 behind him shows flight from IAH to FLL, which departed (late) on Wednesday.
-United flight to Cancún departed from IAH Gate E10 on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/99Ulx7VBtl
— Kyle Potter (@kpottermn) February 18, 2021