'Complete and utter hypocrites': Ted Cruz chided Austin mayor for Cabo trip. Then he flew to Cancun.
Sen. Ted Cruz had tough words for Austin Mayor Steve Adler after media discovered he had travelled to Cabo San Lucas amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"Hypocrites. Complete and utter hypocrites," Cruz said in a Dec. 2 tweet. "And don't forget @MayorAdler who took a private jet with eight people to Cabo and WHILE IN CABO recorded a video telling Austinites to 'stay home if you can...this is not the time to relax.'"
What a difference a series of deadly snow and ice storms make. As widely reported on Twitter and confirmed Thursday by the Associated Press and Fox News, Cruz hopped aboard a plane and flew to Cancún Wednesday for a sunny getaway amid a cold weather crisis that continues to leave left hundreds of thousands of Texans without power and about 250,000 without water, according to state officials. Unlike Adler, he did not take a private plane, allowing for several of his fellow passengers to snap photos of him as he went to his seat.
By Thursday morning, Texas' junior senator was trending on Twitter and the reaction to his getaway was as swift as it was severe.
Cruz took aim at Adler in response to a Fox News report pointing out the "do as I say and not as I do" actions of numerous Democratic elected officials caught violating their own guidance amid a raging pandemic. Adler, a common target for Texas' elected Republicans, was not mentioned in the report.
"And that's to say nothing of the disaster @MayorAdler is responsible for in Austin with homelessness and murder rate skyrocketing," Cruz said in a follow up Tweet.
Adler did not immediately return a request for comment.
In Austin, the temperature reported at Camp Mabry at 11 a.m. was 29 while snow fell across the region. Austin Energy reported that 56,820 customers remain without power and a boil water notice is in effect after outages shut down the city's largest water treatment plant.
Meanwhile, in Cancún the high was projected at 85 degrees Thursday with a low of 73 Thursday night. The region is not experiencing any widespread power outages, according to Mexico's Comisión Federal de Electricidad.
However, Friday brings a 60% chance for thunderstorms in the Yucatán Peninsula paradise, according to Accuweather. With reports that Cruz was heading back to Texas after the flurry of outcry, it seems he might escape that bad weather as well.