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Texas lawmakers' tweets mocking California power outages resurface amid winter storm

Tweets by Republican lawmakers from Texas mocking California power outages are being criticized this week as the Lone Star State grapples with winter storms that have caused many to lose power in their homes.

GOP lawmakers dinged Democrats when in 2019 massive heat waves in California caused widespread power outages that impacted 30 of the state's 58 counties.

Over the weekend, an unusual winter storm left millions in Texas without power, causing the state's power grid operator to declare its highest state of emergency and bringing to light the Republican lawmakers' old tweets.

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A tweet by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer CEO Glenn Youngkin wins Virginia GOP gubernatorial convention The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts MORE (R-Texas) from August received particular attention for blaming Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOde to Mother's Day Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate In honor of Mother's Day, lawmakers should pass the Momnibus Act MORE, who were then running for president and vice president, and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel Battle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers Overnight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations MORE, who represents New York, for wanting to make California's "failed energy policy the standard nationwide."

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Retweeting a post about this article, Cruz said Tuesday evening that he had "no defense" and urged Texans to "stay safe" amid the blizzard. 

A tweet by Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawCrenshaw makes first appearance at hearing since eye surgery Crenshaw 'hopeful' but not 'out of the woods' after eye surgery GOP Rep. Crenshaw to take leave due to eye surgery MORE (R-Texas) from September also resurfaced in which he quote-tweeted the account of the mayor of Los Angeles and wrote, "Alexa, show me what happens when you let Democrats control energy policy." 

The mayor's tweet had suggested Californians turn off excess lights and unplug appliances to conserve energy.

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Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoDemocrats want Arizona to reject mapping firm's application to redraw districts GOP lawmaker barricaded himself in bathroom with sword during Capitol riot Hispanic Caucus energized by first Biden meeting MORE (D-Ariz.) tweeted on Tuesday that the impact of the winter storm in Texas should be a lesson "to stop dunking on other states when they are going through disasters."

I hope this will teach Texas politicians to stop dunking on other states when they are going through disasters. All Americans deserve help and empathy from fellow Americans no matter if it is a blue or red state. (I am guilty of this and will be better),” Gallego tweeted.

Updated at 8:26 p.m.