Senator Ted Cruz Hands Out Water In Texas Amid Mexico Trip Backlash



Ted Cruz handed out to residents during the weekend after he was heavily criticized for going on a vacation to Cancún, , with his family last week while Texas was in the midst of an unprecedented winter storm.

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The 50-year-old shared photos on Instagram and Twitter on Saturday, February 20, where he loaded cases of water bottles into cars and chatted with residents, “#texasstrong,” he captioned the pics.

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The state experienced water shortages as freezing temperatures reportedly burst water pipes and other areas have unsafe water due to low water pressure, according to The Associated Press. Many Texans also experienced power outages. 

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The response to ’s acts of charity were mixed with many still being upset by the vacation.

“Don’t pretend now that you care about helping, you need to resign!!” one user said. 

“AOC [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] raised 3 million dollars and volunteered at a food bank and you…helped to load a case of water in a staged photo?” another noted. 

“Thanks for all you do!” a third user commented. 

“I would have gone to Cancún too,” someone else added. 

“Whether the decision to go was tone-deaf — look, it was obviously a mistake. In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it. I was trying to be a Dad,” Cruz said upon returning home last week as people reportedly protested the

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“On the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our kids, take care of our families,” Cruz explained. “But I also have a responsibility that I take very seriously of fighting for the state of Texas.”

“As it became a bigger and bigger firestorm, it became all the more compelling that I needed to come back.”

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According to the New York Times, the trip was hastily planned as his wife, Heidi, reportedly text friends and neighbors and offered them a spot because they wanted to get out of their “FREEZING,” house until Sunday, February 21. Cruz returned to Texas on Thursday, February 18, after he arrived in Mexico on Wednesday. 

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Cruz’s daughters, Caroline, 12, and Catherine, 10, reportedly attend St. John’s School which had introduced a role that states that students who travel internationally must quarnaitne for seven to ten days after they return home and parents were notified of the rules on January 30, according to Politico.

A spokesperson for the senator told Politico that his “daughters plan to follow the St. John’s policy.” 

Some social media users said that Cruz too should have quarantined before handing out water, as CDC rules suggest citizens should take a COVID-19 test and quarantine for 7-days after coming home from Mexico  — but he did wear a face mask and said he took a COVID-19 test in Mexico which came back negative. 



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