Texans woke up angry Thursday morning to the news that Senator Ted Cruz had fled the harsh cold weather for sunny views in Cancun.
After receiving much outrage on social media, Ted Cruz released an official explanation for leaving the state as hundreds of thousands are without power, but some don't think what he said is true.
My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas.
In the statement, Cruz claims he went to Cancun Wednesday night because he wanted to be a "good dad" for his daughters, who had the week off of school due to the storm.
The senator also says his family, like millions of others in Texas, were without power all week due to the winter storm.
"This has been an infuriating week for Texans. The greatest state in the greatest country in the world has been without power. We have food lines, gas lines, and people sleeping at the neighbors’ houses. Our homes are freezing and our lights are out. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too,” Cruz said. “My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”
The senator says he was always planning on flying back the following afternoon, but this is where some find the statement a little suspicious.
Skift reports after speaking to a United Airlines source, Cruz actually decided to rebook his flight this morning following all the backlash he received for taking the trip, and he was actually supposed to return to Texas on Saturday.
Some also think the amount of luggage the senator had shows he was intending to stay for much longer than a single night.
@TheRickWilson No way that is an “overnight bag,” @tedcruz . https://t.co/B2o3yrtLVA— Timothy Kenison #EndCitizensUnited (@Timothy Kenison #EndCitizensUnited)1613677579.0
Now, if the senator chooses to follow the CDC's guidelines for return travel to the U.S. from Mexico, he will need to get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arrival and self-quarantine for 7 days.