Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has just traveled to a Mexican beach resort, seems keen to show that his statewide temporary state of emergency (behind this week) is helping others.
The Republican congressman came under fire for his decision to fly to Cancun due to winter blizzards and creaking power grids, leaving millions of people in the state without electricity and later drinking water.
Two days after he admitted his “mistake” and flew home, Cruz’s new photo was posted on his official Twitter account.
On them, Cruz, with his sleeves rolled up and wearing the Texas flag, is distributing bottled water to those in need. These photos are titled “#TexasStrong”.
But some commentators suggested that Cruz’s gestures seemed a bit hollow.
Melissa Ryan, a digital strategist and writer for the former Democratic campaign, accused Cruz of showing “false compassion.”
“I’m in Ted Cruise’s Senate office and I’m glad that someone finally taught him how to fake compassion, humanity, and create the illusion that he cares about his election to serve the people,” she wrote.
Attorney Bradley Moss suggested that Cruise would rather stay in Cancun.
CNN analyst Jessica Huseman pointed out the official guide for traveling abroad. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: “Stay at home and isolate yourself for 7 days after a business trip.”
When the TV personality Keith Olbermann joked, “I think you are eating this water.”
Democrats are also eager to promote their efforts through social media.
Beto O’Rourke, who lost to Cruz in the 2018 Senate campaign, has been helping organize emergency supplies and check-in calls with residents.
New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others talked about its fundraising activities on Twitter.
AOC tweeted earlier this week: “Charity cannot replace good governance.” “But when things go crazy, we will not refuse to help those in need.”
Cruz said on Friday that the trip to Mexico was “obviously wrong” and that he had been with his daughters and their friends on vacation.
In a later sympathetic interview with Fox News HannityLater, Cruz was asked about a “quick drop-off trip” to Mexico.
“I originally planned to stay for the whole weekend and work remotely there,” Cruz said.
“But when I went there, I almost immediately started to have new ideas, because of this crisis in Texas, you need to be on the ground.
“Everything you do over the phone and Zoom is different from here.”
Most houses in Texas affected by the power outage have restored power, but nearly half of the state’s population is still boiling water.