‘People in TX froze to death. But go ahead, make a joke,’ one Twitter user shot back
The Texas senator ridiculed California’s governor on Twitter, where he reposted the news that Mr Newsom is taking a family vacation in Mexico while his state remains in a state of emergency over Covid-19.
“Cancun is much nicer than Cabo,” Mr Cruz ツイート 火曜日に.
The Cancun quip was a reference to Mr Cruz’s own infamous Mexican vacation, which he took last February during a deadly winter storm テキサスで. Over the course of the emergency, millions of Texans lost power and hundreds died.
Why Mr Cruz would deliberately bring this up was a mystery to many Twitter users, who quickly condemned his attempt at humour.
“There’s nothing funny about a Senator who runs away to a beach in Mexico while the people he represents are suffering from a massive storm and are without electricity,” one reader shot back.
“People in TX froze to death," 別 コメント. 「でもどうぞ, make a joke.”
Others defended the senator.
“People need to be responsible for themselves,” one user 書きました. “A federal legislator has nothing to do with it. Unlike a governor.”
Back in February, Mr Cruz cut his Cancun trip short after a fierce public backlash, and appeared to blame the trip on his daughters.
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” the senator said at the time. “Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”
In a separate interview, Mr Cruz said he regretted the vacation.
“It was obviously a mistake," 彼は言った. “In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it. I was trying to be a dad.”
それ以来, the senator has been less penitent. Only a week after his apology, Mr Cruz 冗談を言った about the scandal at an Orlando meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“I gotta say, Orlando is awesome!」彼は群衆に語った. “It’s not as nice as Cancun, but it’s nice!」
今月上旬, Governor Newsom extended California’s state of emergency regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in order to prepare for a potential winter surge. That order has been in effect since March of 2020, and lately Covid cases and hospitalisations in the state have been 落下.
So on Twitter, Mr Cruz’s comparison between a sudden weather emergency and a long-term, ongoing crisis struck many as unfair.
“One guy extended an order that has been going on for 20 months to try and prevent the Covid spread ahead of the winter months,” one user 書きました. “The other guy just abandoned his state and tried to throw his daughters under the bus. See the difference?」
独立者 has reached out to Mr Cruz’s office for comment.