Social media users are brutally mocking Sen. Ted Cruz after he posted an image of himself loading cases of bottled water into a vehicle. The image was clearly shared in an attempt to save the political damage done to his reputation after he flew to Cancun with his family on Wednesday as millions of Texans struggled to survive without power, heat, and water in freezing temperatures.
On Saturday, Cruz posted images showing him loading water into a car in an empty parking lot. He used the hashtag #TexasStrong.
Cruz did not share where the images were taken.
Winter storm Uri tore through Texas causing millions to be left without electricity. Without power, Texans were left struggling to get by without heat, and water shortages after freezing temperatures caused pipes to burst. For those whose pipes did not burst low water pressure has made the water unsafe to drink in many areas. At least 47 Texans have died.
Since images of Cruz at an airport surfaced on Wednesday, he has faced major criticism and calls to resign after traveling to Mexico’s Cancun beach with his family.
Cruz just created more backlash by posting the images that many stated appeared to be staged.
“I’m glad someone in Ted Cruz’s Senate office finally instructed him on how to fake compassion, humanity, and creating the illusion that he cares about the people he was elected to serve,” wrote Melissa Ryan, a researcher on disinformation.
Journalist David Weissman tweeted, “First you abandon your constituents, now they are crisis photo ops to you? Do you have any shame at all @tedcruz?”
Peter Gleick, a scientist, noted that Cruz was violating CDC rules, which advises any travelers from Mexico to self-quarantine for at least 7 days and get tested for COVID-19.
“The CDC rules when returning from Mexico require and #COVID19 test AND a minimum 7-day quarantine.
@tedcruz is violating these rules. #Texas,” Gleick tweeted.
Some Twitter users pointed out all that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had done to help Texas compared to Cruz’s lifting some bottled water.
Josh Marshall tweeted, “Sir, generous of you to help put the water @aoc bought into cars.”
Houston Chronicle writer St. John Barned-Smith responded with, “After flying to Mexico while constituents died in a historic cold snap, Ted Cruz on Saturday — the same day Rep. @aoc visited the Houston Food Bank after raising more than $4 million to help Texans — posted photos of himself also engaging in relief efforts.”
After returning from Mexico on Thursday, Cruz stated that he had accompanied his wife and daughters to Cancun wanting to be a “good dad” but returned early because it “didn’t feel right.”
At first, Cruz had issued a statement claiming that his daughter had been invited on a trip with friends and he was only flying down with her and returning the following day.
However, text messages made by his wife, Heidi, to neighbors bragging about the trip made it clear that Cruz had lied.
While Cruz enjoyed Cancun and attempts to save his reputation Beto O’Rourke has been helping organize emergency supplies and check-in calls with elderly residents.
New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been tweeting about their fundraising efforts.
“Charity isn’t a replacement for good governance,” AOC tweeted earlier this week. “But we won’t turn away from helping people in need when things hit the fan.”
AOC flew to Texas after raising more than $4 million to help Texans recover.
Neither Cruz nor his office has responded to the accusations that the images he shared were staged.