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 CruzInstagram chief gets bipartisan grilling over harm to teens McConnell faces GOP pushback on debt deal Democrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China MORE (R-Texas) from August received particular attention for blaming Joe BidenJoe BidenPharma lobby eyes parliamentarian Demand for US workers reaches historic high Biden to award Medal of Honor to three soldiers who fought in Iraq, Afghanistan: report MORE and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTop Dem vows party won't let expanded child tax credit expire at month's end Hugh Hewitt pleads with Trump to not endorse Greitens in Missouri Jussie Smollett's final act: How a hate crime hoax became a pitch for jury nullification MORE, who were then running for president and vice president, and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLiberals ramp up pressure on Pelosi to discipline Boebert  Ocasio-Cortez criticizes Boebert Christmas tree and guns photo Pressley offering measure condemning Boebert 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 slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' GOP lawmaker fined ,000 for failing to complete House security screening Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — US joins pledge to end overseas fossil funding 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 GallegoWith Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps Poll shows Sinema's popularity dropping further among Arizona Democrats Cornyn says he 'would be surprised' if GOP tries to unseat Sinema in 2024 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.