In the midst of a historic winter weather event in which millions of people across Texas were without power, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was caught trying to make a tropical getaway to Cancun.
Cruz and his family were photographed by fellow travelers at the George Bush Airport in Houston on February 17, as well as onboard United Airlines flight1020.
According to the New York Times, not only did Cruz and his family make the flight but a member of Cruz's staff contacted the Houston Police Department personnel at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Wednesday afternoon requesting "assistance upon arrival" — while the city of Houston was gripped by freezing weather.
Cruz's trip caught the attention of Dan Rather, who tweeted: "There's an old Texas saying: When the going gets tough, the tough go to Cancun. (No, there actually is no such saying)."
Some wondered whether Cruz's abandoning Texas with six-plus counties declared disaster areas, people freezing, without power, drinking water, burst pipes flooding homes, and dying wasn't cause for a charge of malfeasance.
Cruz was definitely aware of the crisis. On February 16, he tweeted: "A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down. Not good."
Cruz criticized Austin Mayor Steve Adler when he went to Cabo in November, tweeting that Democrats were "complete and utter hypocrites."
By February 18, Cruz issued a statement saying he did it for his kids.
"With school canceled for the week, our girls asked us to take a trip with friends," he said. "Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon."
However, the flight showed he was on standby, and a source at United Airlines said that Cruz was originally scheduled to return on Saturday but rebooked his flight back to Houston on Thursday morning at 6 am.