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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 CruzAnti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Biden's DOJ civil rights nominee faces sharp GOP criticism MORE (R-Texas) from August received particular attention for blaming Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal after pushback Scalise carries a milk carton saying Harris is 'missing' at the border Harris to visit Mexico and Guatemala 'soon' MORE, who were then running for president and vice president, and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMarjorie Taylor Greene wants to debate Green New Deal with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez NY Democratic chair blasts primary challenge against Maloney What will we get for a multitrillion-dollar energy policy? 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 CrenshawGOP Rep. Crenshaw to take leave due to eye surgery Koch network urges lawmakers to back 'personal option' health plan A nuclear frontier 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 GallegoMcCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Back to the future on immigration, Afghanistan, Iran Ambitious House lawmakers look for promotions 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.