Perspectives: Ted Cruz Returns from Cancún as Texas Suffers Deadly Winter Storms

Headline Roundup February 19th, 2021

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz received widespread criticism this week after flying to a resort in Cancún, Mexico with his family to avoid the deadly winter storms that left millions of Texans without power. Cruz flew back to Texas on Thursday, telling reporters the flight was “obviously a mistake,” he just wanted “to be a good dad,” and he had “second thoughts almost immediately.” Leaked group text messages obtained by Reform Austin and confirmed by The New York Times showed that Cruz’s family invited several neighbors to join them. Cruz also received criticism for reportedly leaving behind his poodle, Snowflake, at his home in Houston, TX.

Outlets on all sides featured distinct articles for each development in this story. Many prominent left-rated outlets featured voices criticizing Cruz, with some calling for his resignation. Relatively few right-rated outlets published opinions on Cruz; voices from the right tended to defend Cruz and criticize the left for focusing more on Cruz than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nursing home scandal.

Perspectives: Ted Cruz Returns from Cancún as Texas Suffers Deadly Winter Storms

From the Right
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Ted Cruz wasn’t going to shovel your driveway.

Senator Cruz (R., Texas) is the subject of this week’s ritual denunciation for the grievous sin of taking his daughters to Cancun, rather than stay in Texas and endure the snow and blackouts with the shivering little people.

Cruz’s stock is not trading at an all-time high on my personal exchange these days, but the senator’s critics are, in this case, off-base. People who can take care of themselves and their families in an emergency should take care of themselves and their...

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From the Left
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We all know by now that Ted Cruz went on vacation while Texas froze.

Over the last week, millions of Texans have suffered in the cold as workers tried to restore power amid freezing temperatures and icy conditions. So far, the official local death toll from the snow, ice and power outages stands at 24.

Rather than stay behind and help coordinate aid and federal assistance, the state’s junior senator went to Cancún, if only for a day, before widespread outrage brought him back to the United States.

Of course,...

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From the Center
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Texans’ anger with Ted Cruz right now could power an entire electrical grid.

The outrage was sparked by viral images on social media Thursday showing Texas’ junior senator making his way through the airport, bag in tow, and boarding a flight to sunny Cancun as more than a million of his humble constituents shivered in the cold without power, heat, light, or in many cases, running water.

With the statewide death toll mounting into the dozens, snowmegeddon melted into catastrophe for struggling Texas families already on the brink amid a...

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