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

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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.

A tweet by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) from August received particular attention for blaming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who were then running for president and vice president, and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York, for wanting to make California’s “failed energy policy the standard nationwide.”

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 Crenshaw (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.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (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.

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dan Crenshaw Joe Biden power outage Ruben Gallego Ted Cruz Texas

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