Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) walked right into a rhetorical trap of his own creation when he tried to mock Vice President Kamala Harris for visiting a bakery in Chicago on Wednesday and got reminded of his own detour to Cancun, Mexico, while his home state was suffering from an ice storm that left millions without power or water in February.
Referencing an article from right-wing “news” site RedState, Cruz posted this snarky tweet:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 8, 2021
Yes, Harris has indeed been named as the White House point person for the border and the surge of immigrants seeking asylum in the United States, but is Ted Cruz the right person to criticize anyone on this particular issue? If the border matters so much to Ted, why doesn’t he pack up and head down there to personally oversee the matter?
It didn’t take long before the hashtag #CancunCruz began trending:
Dude you literally flew to fucking Cancun while your constituents were freezing to death, I’m pretty sure she can take five minutes to grab a muffin.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 8, 2021
Hmm how about that time you took a vacation to Cancun while the people of your state were freezing to death. Then when you got caught you blamed it on your daughters
— Random Veterinarian (@LaVeterinarian) April 8, 2021
111 people froze to death while you were flying, lying, and hiding your trip to Cancun. She’s allowed to visit a small Black owned business beloved by Chicagoans while in Chicago.
— me (@myrlstweets) April 8, 2021
And when you were SHAMED into cutting your Cancun trip short because your constituents were in a crisis – you immediately used all your time to…go on a media blitz to try to save your image.
— J Pleasant (@jpleasantjp) April 8, 2021
Someone looking at a photo of you would swear you have never passed a bakery without making a purchase in your life.
— Stephanie GOT VAXXED! (@OnRockyTopse) April 8, 2021
It’s worth mentioning, I think, that in addition to the deadly ice and cold in Texas there were also very similar numbers of migrant detentions happening on the southern border in mid-February as Senator Cruz was jetting off to Cancún.
— John Halloran (@ProfHalloran) April 8, 2021
Memo to Ted Cruz: Sit down and shut up.
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