Twitter users are not letting Texas Senator Ted Cruz down easy ahead of a potentially snowy Thanksgiving predicted for the Texas panhandle.
Cruz was criticized last year after he took a family trip to Cancun, Mexico, during a February storm that left millions of Texans without power or access to food and water, and killed hundreds. Cruz returned to Texas and later described the vacation as a “mistake.”
Now some of Cruz’s constituents consider him a flight risk for the incoming storm that is predicted to begin Thursday night in the Texas panhandle.
“Major snow storm is about to dump on Texas. Are you packed?” one Twitter user tweeted at Cruz, including tropical emojis like a cocktail, a palm tree and a parrot in the message.
Conflicting forecasts show areas like Amarillo, Texas, subject to as much as 18 to 24 inches of snow, more than the city’s average in a winter season. Other forecasts show the number to be much lower, in the 5- to 12-inch range.
A storm to the southeast is set to hit Texas, where panhandle temperatures will be below normal this weekend, turning rain into heavy, wet snow that could damage power lines, roofs and cause slick conditions on roads and runways.
Meteorologists are encouraging area residents to delay any Thanksgiving trips until after Saturday morning, when temperatures are expected to rise again and the snow will melt or be cleared.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Cruz had not tweeted anything about the incoming storm on his personal or professional Twitter accounts.
One AccuWeather meteorologist recently told 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 history.
“Anyone know where Ted Cruz is going?” one person tweeted.
“Have you booked your flight to Mexico yet???” other asked the senator.
Cruz received backlash from Twitter users even before snow predictions were made for the Thanksgiving storm. After a lake-effect storm buried Buffalo, New York, in 7 feet of snow last week, some users asked Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott what their plans were if a massive winter storm hit Texas again.
“Doesn’t Texas have emergency plans in case what happened last winter happens again?” a Twitter user posted. “You’re letting people die again? In your case, Ted, back to Mexico?”
Abbott has yet to tweet about the approaching storm on any of his Twitter pages.
Newsweek reached Cruz’s office for comment.