Photos circulating on Twitter late Wednesday purport to show Texas Senator Ted Cruz on a flight to Cancun, Mexico, during the state‘s historic disaster.
The images show a man with a striking similarity to Cruz in an airport ano on a plane. Cruz’s office didn‘t respond to a request for comment but this story will be updated if they do. Other reporters said they had reached out as well but not heard back.
Some Twitter sleuths claimed they matched a mask, glasses, a ring, tennis shoes and headphones to past social media posts. One photo appears to show Cruz’s spouse – who has appeared on nationwide tv – at his facet.
One sleuth cited clues from a photograph that places Cruz contained in the Houston International Airport close to the terminal for a United flight to Cancun at 4:10 p.m.
Re: the Ted Cruz/Cancun factor, that is the picture that unlocks the entire thing. He’s in a United terminal. In the highest left you may that it is 4:10 pm (or 4ish PM at the least). To the left of that, you may see that he is close to gate E11, with its vacation spot being Ft. Lauderdale. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/hUuUqSNBze
— Nesler (@thatnesler) February 18, 2021
Less than an hour later, UA1020 departed for Cancun and landed at 7:52 p.m., on-line flight data present.
Still, others thought the pictures is likely to be taken out of context or from a previous journey. Indeed, there isn’t a smoking gun and Cruz hasn’t but commented.
Those sharing the pictures embrace a state lawmaker from Cruz‘s hometown of Houston.
“Guess which US Senator from Texas flew to Cancun while the state was freezing to death and having to boil water,” said state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston.
Keith Edwards, a Democratic operative who worked on Georgia Senator Jon Ossof’s marketing campaign, tweeted that individuals who have been on the flight with Cruz had confirmed to him the pictures veracity in direct messages.
Nothing on Cruz’s most up-to-date Twitter timeline mentions journey. He has shared resources for the storm, together with data on a warming heart in San Antonio and a request for residents of South Texas to donate blood in the event that they’re ready.
The reviews of Cruz’s alleged trip unfold rapidly on social media, catapulted by Texans‘ frozen frustration. That after a failure of the state’s electrical grid compelled hundreds of thousands within the state to go days with out sustained energy in sub-freezing temperatures. If true, the journey would add much more insult to damage for a battered state coping with a historic catastrophe.
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