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.
Here are three Texas Republicans mocking California power outages last year and my Dallas bathtub this morning, a literal block of ice pic.twitter.com/ViGZuTZz40— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) February 16, 2021
A tweet by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow Cruz Supreme Court case could lead to unlimited anonymous election spending Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' MORE (R-Texas) from August received particular attention for blaming Joe BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHispanics sour on Biden and Democrats' agenda as midterms loom Officer who directed rioters away from senators says Jan. 6 could have been a 'bloodbath' Trump and Biden should stop denigrating US elections MORE, who were then running for president and vice president, and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew Mexico Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case Hispanics sour on Biden and Democrats' agenda as midterms loom MORE, who represents New York, for wanting to make California's "failed energy policy the standard nationwide."
My parents hv been without electricity for almost 24hrs in Houston they are not even rotating power outages in Houston anymore. Looks like Republicans like you took energy for granted, and didn’t invest enough in the power grid in Texas.— Cloudydays16 need PPE now (@cloudydays1971) February 16, 2021
Senator Ted Cruz: "Hope you don't like air conditioning!"https://t.co/vj6ZR6DpJP— Brian Kahn (@blkahn) February 16, 2021
Retweeting a post about this article, Cruz said Tuesday evening that he had "no defense" and urged Texans to "stay safe" amid the blizzard.
I got no defense. ♂️— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 17, 2021
A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down. Not good.
Stay safe! https://t.co/kBPGrGHmvI
A tweet by Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawThis issue will secure a Democratic wipeout in 2022 House Ethics panel dismisses security screening fine issued to GOP lawmaker Juan Williams: The GOP is an anti-America party 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.
Alexa, show me what happens when you let Democrats control energy policy. https://t.co/PLtgofajlg— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) September 8, 2020
Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHispanics sour on Biden and Democrats' agenda as midterms loom Gallego went to New York to meet Sinema donors amid talk of primary challenge: report Meeks leading bipartisan trip to Ukraine amid Russia tensions 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.
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)— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 16, 2021
Updated at 8:26 p.m.