Ted Cruz goes full film villain with craven flight to Cancun

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) went full weasel this week, ditching his frozen, blacked-out state of Texas for the hotter climes of Cancun similar to each smarmy, mid-level villain in each catastrophe film you’ve ever seen. After which straight up mendacity when caught, simply as if the web, or flight information, didn’t exist.

On Wednesday night time, photos of Cruz and his household boarding a airplane certain for Cancun started flashing throughout Twitter. Watching because the elected official departed the state he represents, a state presently caught within the grip of a uncommon winter storm that has left hundreds of thousands with out energy or warmth, all I may consider was Richard Chamberlain’s smarmy corner-cutting electrical subcontractor in “The Towering Inferno.”

, the man who helped make the landmark skyscraper right into a dying entice after which did every part he may to get out when it went up in flames, even when it meant leaving individuals to burn.

Or possibly it was Jason Isaacs’ Lucius Malfoy, slinking away together with his household as Voldemort prepares to destroy all in his path. Higher but Paul Reiser’s Burke in “Aliens” and Sam Owens in “Stranger Issues,” or Jeremy Irons’ Scar in “The Lion King” — all revealing their complicity and cowardice within the face of actual hazard.

That man. The oily, duplicitous, self-righteous middle-management kind dangerous man who units dangerous issues in movement, or makes them worse by complicit denial. The man who likes to be entrance and middle when all goes properly, however as quickly because the going will get robust does every part he can to handle himself.

“Please, Simba, please, I simply wanted a trip.”

On Wednesday, many first responders, civic leaders and anxious residents from all around the nation struggled to assist the individuals of Texas throughout their ongoing disaster, brought on partially by an imperfect and isolationist electrical grid and partially by a storm that many scientists have recognized as yet one more instance of deadly excessive climate attributable to local weather change.

In the meantime, the Lone Star State’s most well-known senator — that local weather change-denying, isolationism-preaching, self-proclaimed true patriot — was chilling in an aisle seat certain for Mexico.

In the midst of a pandemic, by the way in which, when each medical official has cautioned in opposition to pointless journey. Mexico, being one of many few nations that may permit U.S. residents in, has turn out to be an particularly well-liked vacation spot for Individuals looking for to flout these suggestions and search refuge from our nation’s extra stringent COVID-19 restrictions, with — as The Instances’ Kate Linthicum reported in December — predictable outcomes: Coronavirus instances in Mexico spiked because the vacationers started disembarking this summer season.

Cruz wore a masks as he fled for sunnier climes, so I suppose that’s one thing, however how silly do it’s important to be to suppose that photos of you leaving the state you signify in the midst of a crisis-within-a-crisis weren’t going to be all around the web in a matter of minutes?

Predictably, the Democratic Get together of Texas has referred to as for Cruz’s resignation. Simply as predictably, sure conservatives rushed to defend the indefensible with the inevitable absurd outcomes. “If he’s in Cancun, which means he’s not utilizing up useful assets,” Dinesh D’Souza tweeted. “That is in all probability the most effective factor he may do for the state proper now.”

Um, when the most effective factor a senator can do for a state struggling even to distribute FEMA assist is go to Cancun, Texans actually would possibly need to rethink that individual senator. Clearly, Cruz can not single-handedly repair the very damaged Texas energy grid state of affairs (although just some months in the past, he was too busy poking enjoyable at blackout- and wildfire-plagued California to contemplate what sort of form his personal state’s pure catastrophe plan was in). Nonetheless he may have finished one thing; shovel snow, hand out espresso, increase some cash for households in want. As many have identified, whereas Cruz was making his approach out of city, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke — whom Cruz defeated within the 2018 Senate race — was holding a digital occasion that helped volunteers find and assist struggling seniors.

Although the workplace of the previous and doubtlessly future presidential candidate was not out there for touch upon Wednesday night time or Thursday morning, the Houston Police Division confirmed to many shops that Cruz’s workers had contacted them for help together with his arrival at and actions via the airport.

As a result of in the midst of a state-wide emergency throughout which hundreds of thousands are shivering at the hours of darkness with out water or energy, the Houston police don’t have anything higher to do.

Within the absence of any official Cruz remark, comic Blaire Erskine crammed the void with a video of herself as a spokesperson for the senator, defending his must have an “Eat Pray Love” second. The parody was so spot-on that some individuals — OK, me — really fell for it.

In equity to me, although, Cruz’s precise protection — it was all for my children! — was solely barely much less weird, and, because it seems, simply as factual.

After greater than 12 hours of social media obsession over his whereabouts, the senator launched an announcement praising himself for taking the journey — merely an act of parental selflessness, he mentioned. “With faculty canceled for the week, our women requested to make a journey with buddies. Desirous to be an excellent dad, I flew down with them final night time and am flying again this afternoon.”

If this appeared a bit arduous to imagine — was Heidi Cruz lower than the duty of escorting the children? — that’s as a result of it was a lie. As reported by the New York Instances, textual content messages from Heidi to buddies and flight information revealed the journey had been put collectively to flee the Cruzes’ “freezing” home. The senator and his household had deliberate to remain on the Ritz Carlton till Saturday; his early return on Thursday was in response to the, er, blizzard of criticism he had obtained. Really, he advised reporters with precisely the type of weaselly lying reserved for, say, the scientist who had recognized there was a monster however failed in his try to flee earlier than it was set free, he had had “second ideas” the second he received on the airplane.

He nonetheless hung onto the “it was for the children” excuse, nonetheless, noting that he had simply been attempting to offer his daughters a break after “a really robust week.”

Shameless doesn’t start to explain the entire wretched, revealing incident, though “Cancun Cruz” looks like a moniker with endurance.

Nonetheless, Cruz has managed, so far, to carry onto his job regardless of his appreciable efforts to overturn the truthful and authorized presidential election, efforts that included actively inciting the insurrectionist mob that took over the Capitol constructing on Jan. 6, so whereas it will be pleasant to listen to the feedback within the Senate subsequent week — “Not a lot of a tan there, Ted” — it’s robust to think about that even “Cancun Cruz” could have a lot influence.

Then once more, as each actor who has ever performed “that man” is aware of, your possibilities of surviving to the top of the film are fairly slim.

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