A Republican from Texas profusely apologized because he tried to move his freezing family to a warmer climate.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was recently forced to admit fault because he helped his wife and children escape the icy Lone Star State and thaw out in the warmer Caribbean beachside city of Cancun.
“We lost power for two days, our house was dark, we had no heat … we were all huddled behind the fireplace because it was the only heat in the house,” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “[After a couple of days of temperatures in the teens], our girls said, ‘Look, school has been canceled for the week. Can we take a trip and go somewhere warm?’ Heidi and I, as parents, said sure.'”
When the senator boarded the flight, he was only concerned about his children’s welfare. He was quickly surprised by mainstream media reports that falsely portrayed him going on vacation despite the statewide crisis.
Mounting editorial and activist criticism eventually pushed him to apologize for being a good parent and return home.
“I initially planned to stay through the weekend and work remotely there but, as I was heading down there, I started to have second thoughts almost immediately because [of] the crisis here in Texas,” he said. “You need to be here on the ground and, as much as you can do by phone and Zoom, it is not the same as being here.”
Cruz revealed he has no jurisdiction over the electric network because it is operated and regulated by the Texas Legislature.
“It is not a federal function; it is a state function,” he said. “[Nevertheless,] I am here working to make sure we do everything we can to get the power turned on.”
He believes the state Legislature should investigate exactly how the energy hub failed to supply 4 million Texans.
“How could it be that Texas, the energy capital of the world, cannot turn their lights on and heat their homes?” he said. “Why was the grid not sufficiently prepared, so 4 million Texans lost heat and power? We need to answer that, and we need to make sure it never happens again in the state of Texas.”
He described recent power outages as the week from “hell.”
“No power, no lights, many without water, it has been frustrating. I tell you a lot of Texans are mad and pissed off,” he said. “A lot of Texans are frustrated. This should not have happened.”