Senator Ted Cruz is returning to Texas after a massive outcry on social media in reaction to photos of Cruz and his family jetting to Cancun this week.
4.4 million Texans are still without power or water after 5 days, thanks to frozen turbines and a bungled response by the state's power company.
"Keep your family safe, and just stay home and hug your kids," Cruz reportedly told Texans a day before he and his family jetted to sunny Cancun for a relaxing vacation.
"If you can stay home, don't go out on the roads, don't risk the ice," he told radio host Joe Paglialuro on Tuesday.
He also tweeted: "Stay safe! Please don't risk the ice."
A day later, a sharp-eyed taxpayer spotted the congressman waiting in a standby line at Houston airport to upgrade to business class where there is more leg room to stretch out on the plane.
Cruz requested a police escort through the airport on Wednesday around 4 p.m. He and his family were pictured at the United Airlines Lounge, and on the plane before departure.
Less than 24 hours later, Cruz hightailed it back to Texas after a furious public backlash.
He tweeted on Wednesday: "I got no defense. A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down. Not good. Stay safe!"
He previously attacked the Biden administration's plan to take California’s energy policy and rolling power outages nationwide:
"California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity. Biden/Harris/AOC want to make CA's failed energy policy the standard nationwide. Hope you don't like air conditioning!"
Two different Americas.
LEFT: Texans on long food lines for groceries after storm.
RIGHT: Ted Cruz heads to Cancun on vacation after storm. pic.twitter.com/gNibsrCAvu
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) February 18, 2021
HOUSTON TED HAS A PROBLEM-Flyin' Ted does a U-turn! 'Shameless' senator will fly home from Cancun TODAY - less than 24hrs after fleeing Texas with family in middle of energy crisis - and he's in for a very frosty reception! https://t.co/JSiAi33w8U via @MailOnline
— Rogelio Garcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) February 18, 2021