Twitter users are not taking it easy on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ahead of a snowy Thanksgiving forecast for the Texas holiday.
Cruz came under fire last year after taking a family trip to Cancun, Mexico, during a February storm that left millions of Texans without power or access to food and water, killing hundreds. Cruz returned to Texas and later described the vacation as a “mistake.”
Now, some of Cruz’s constituents are considering him a flight risk for the upcoming storm that’s forecast to roll into the Texas House on Thursday night.
“The big snowstorm is about to hit Texas. Are you stuffed?” a Twitter user posted on Twitter to Cruz, including tropical emojis like a cocktail, a palm tree and a parrot in the message.
Conflicting forecasts show that areas like Amarillo, Texas, are subject to 18 to 24 inches of snow, more than the city average in a winter season. Other forecasts show the number to be much lower, in the 5 to 12 inch range.
A southeast-driven storm is set to hit Texas, where panel temperatures are below normal this weekend, causing rain to turn into heavy, wet snow that could damage power lines, roofs and cause slippery road and track conditions.
Forecasters are encouraging area residents to postpone any Thanksgiving travel until after Saturday morning, when temperatures are expected to rise again and the snow will melt or clear.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Cruz had not tweeted anything about the upcoming storm on his personal or professional Twitter accounts.
An AccuWeather meteorologist said recently Newsweek that storm will be very localized and “nothing like” the massive storm in 2021. That didn’t stop Twitter users from teasing Cruz about his travel story.
“Does anyone know where Ted Cruz is going?” a person posted on Twitter.
“Have you booked your flight to Mexico yet?” another asked the senator.
Cruz faced backlash from Twitter users even before snow was forecast for the Thanksgiving blizzard. After a lake-effect storm buried Buffalo, New York, in 7 feet of snow last week, some users asked Cruz and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott what their plans were if a massive winter storm hit Texas again.
“Does Texas have any contingency plans in case what happened last winter happens again?” one user posted on Twitter. “Letting people die again? In your case, Ted, going back to Mexico?”
Abbott has yet to tweet about the approaching storm on either of his Twitter pages.
Newsweek reached out to Cruz’s office for comment.