Millions in Texas were without electricity for the past few days due to a historic winter storm. Hundreds of thousands still have no power and millions more are under instruction to boil water as temperatures hit single digits and the state faces unprecedented levels of snow and ice. This was apparently too much for Senator Ted Cruz to handle.
Reports that Cruz fled Texas and was on a plane headed toward the popular resorty city of Cancun, Mexico began appearing online Wednesday night, and soon, the anti-LGBTQ+ Republican lawmaker released a statement, saying that "like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too." Cruz continued, saying, "With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon."
While Cruz is now back in Texas, he couldn't do so before queer Twitter could drag him for running to a country he tried to build a wall around while Texans are dying.
"When Ted Cruz booked his last minute flight to rush back home, I wonder if he had to stand back and stand by?" George Takei tweeted, referencing the message of disgraced former president Donald Trump to far-right extremist group the Proud Boys.
Writer and poet Saeed Jones wasn't surprised by Cruz's weak alibi. "Of course, Ted Cruz decided to blame his trip to Cancun on his daughters," he tweeted.
Actor and comedian Ben Yahr made an entire 30 second video full of hilarious jabs at Cruz as the hypothetical "flight attendant on Ted Cruz's flight to Mexico." He later added another tweet, saying "Yes I remember when I was 10 and demanded my parents take me on vacation to another country during a blizzard and pandemic. They wanted to be good parents, so they said, 'shut the fuck up.'"
Others commented on the absolute absurdity of the whole thing. "Loved that window of time where we were getting pics here and there of Ted Cruz in an airport like the world's most hated cryptid," tweeted writer JP Brammer. Comedian Jaboukie Young-White added "imagine ted cruz getting on here like 'self care is so important.'" Lol, we love a man who takes care of himself.
Trans activist Imara Jones brought the heavy side eye and shade with her tweet, saying, "May we all be as bold and fearless as #TedCruz today. #thursdayvibes." May we be so bold indeed!
Comedian and podcaster Matt Rogers had this simple message for Cruz: "Resign, @tedcruz. Embarrassing, transparent, cartoon villain flop." I think we can all agree with that.
In the end, though, it was queer "Friday" singer Rebecca Black who said what we were all truly thinking: "Ted Cruz is a shit stain personified." Amen, Rebecca, amen.