The Texas power crisis, prompted by unexpected winter weather, left almost half of the state’s residents without clean water and millions more without power in their freezing homes.
Texans are facing this crisis along with the ongoing pandemic.
While residents struggle with the effects of the disaster, one politician made attempts to flee these harsh conditions. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — who should be drafting solutions and extending sympathies to his state’s residents — decided to escape to Cancún, Mexico for a family vacation.
This irresponsible and insensitive decision throws Cruz’s carelessness in the face of the millions of Texas residents who are struggling to survive nearly unlivable conditions. These people do not have the ability to simply flee the state.
Cruz’s decision continues the ongoing pattern of immaturity among United States politicians.
He attempted to justify his actions in eye roll-worthy statements made preceding his return.
“With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” Cruz said. “Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”
Yes, the politician blamed the entire situation on his children. Cruz then went on to explain how he supposedly maintained a handle on the situation all the way from sunny Cancún.
“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz said. “We want our power back, our water on and our homes warm.”
If Cruz were truly concerned about the well-being of his residents, he would have never even thought to vacation amid this disaster. It took a great deal of backlash for the senator to contemplate his return back to Texas, where he is now located.
He is still garnering national attention. The media has not slowed down on reporting the details of the situation and its aftermath.
Cruz obviously intended to remain personally unaffected by the crisis by vacationing out of state until he could maintain the life of privilege he is accustomed to.
It is actions like this that give U.S. politicians a horrible reputation among their own people. Now, Texas residents have less faith in the leaders who are responsible for restoring their safety during this crisis.