Audio: Here’s Sen. Cruz Two Days Before Getting On A Plane To Cancun, Encouraging Texans To Stay Home

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been accused of traveling to Cancun, Mexico, amid the ongoing crisis in Texas, where millions have been left without power or heat in freezing temperatures.

Photos circulating on social media overnight appeared to show the senator at an airport and on an airplane. The idea that Cruz and his family had flown to Mexico soon spread on Twitter.

Ted Cruz was photographed at IAH in the United lounge flying from Houston to Cancun.

AP confirmed that Cruz traveled to Mexico on Wednesday for a family vacation.

The high-profile Republican lawmaker went for a long-planned trip to Cancun and was expected to return almost immediately, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private conversations.

Spokespersons for Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment Wednesday night or Thursday.

“That’s something that he has to answer to his constituents about,” state Republican Party Chairman Allen West said when asked whether Cruz’s travel was appropriate while Texans are without power and water.

“I’m here trying to take care of my family and look after my friends and others that are still without power,” West said. “That’s my focus.”

The situation is getting worse for Cruz as an audio recording was just published where he encourages Texans to stay home:

“… we could see 100 people lose their lives this week in Texas. So don’t risk it. Keep your family safe.”

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And he also criticized Democrats for doing the same thing he is doing.

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Do as I say not as I do. Classic. This is why we need to remove politicians like this from the GOP and the Democratic Party!

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