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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz left Texas amid a state of emergency to spend time in Cancun, Mexico, with his family. The Texas senator returned from his trip earlier than anticipated when he was swiftly criticized for fleeing his home state while millions were without electricity and heat during a rare snowstorm and single-digit weather.
Freezing cold, huddling under blankets for warmth, some Texans had to boil their drinking water due to frozen pipes and damaged water systems. Families struggling to survive shared terrifying stories online, with leaking pipes filling homes with ice and flooding buildings.
The dissonance infuriated many as Cruz, one of the state’s two US senators, escaped to a warm destination while Texans faced a climate catastrophe.
In a statement Thursday, Cruz said he decided to leave Texas to be a “good dad” to his two daughters.
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” Cruz said Thursday’s statement. “Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”
Naturally, the controversy immediately led to memes and TikToks online.
Ted Cruz flying to Cancun while his constituents freeze to death in Texas pic.twitter.com/zUZGYqrD31
— Nico Correia (@notn1co) February 18, 2021
Cruz leaning on his children for an excuse provided fodder for many of the memes.
Ted Cruz heading to Cancun- pic.twitter.com/EOyN5URq7d
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 18, 2021
When your dad blames you for his decision to abandon his state during a crisis pic.twitter.com/fxTnTNd5SP
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) February 18, 2021
does ted cruz know how ridiculous it sounds that his 10 and 12 year old daughters would be like “dad, can we go to cancun tonight?” and he’d be like “pack ur bags, girlies!” like this is a mary kate and ashley movie or some fan fiction i wrote when i was nine
— helen (@helen) February 19, 2021
The most popular Cruz memes of the week edited other people into photos of the senator in the airport, or edited Cruz into other famous photos.
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) February 18, 2021
Bernie saw you Ted. pic.twitter.com/U8ork8Yf9A
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) February 18, 2021
Ted Cruz. Normandy. pic.twitter.com/XTjxaRNksk
— raf (@rafaelshimunov) February 18, 2021
Playa del Bad Ideas. pic.twitter.com/7EPMS2NFTY
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) February 18, 2021
The internet didn’t leave out Snowflake, the family poodle Cruz apparently left at home during his trip to Mexico, according to New York Magazine.
John Wick style movie but it’s Snowflake getting revenge on Ted Cruz pic.twitter.com/ZV9lJpy3cf
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) February 19, 2021
Live look at Snowflake when Ted Cruz comes through the door: pic.twitter.com/st3AstAA8l
— 🧈MeltLikeButta🧈 (@JWButta) February 19, 2021