Clinton jabs Cruz: ‘Don’t vote for anyone you wouldn’t trust with your dog’
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday ripped Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for flying with his family to Cancun, Mexico, as Texas was hit with a devastating winter storm, specifically responding to reports that the senator left his dog behind.
“Don’t vote for anyone you wouldn’t trust with your dog,” Clinton tweeted Friday, without explicitly naming Cruz.
Don’t vote for anyone you wouldn’t trust with your dog.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 19, 2021
Reporter Michael Hardy on Thursday took a picture outside Cruz’s Houston home, in which the family’s poodle, Snowflake, can be seen looking through a glass door.
Just drove by Ted Cruz’s house in Houston. His lights are off but a neighbor told me the block got its power back last night. Also, Ted appears to have left behind the family poodle. pic.twitter.com/TmLyGQkASy
— Michael Hardy (@mkerrhardy) February 18, 2021
Hardy noted that the power in Cruz’s home was out when his family left for Mexico, and that it came back on while he was gone, adding “Snowflake was in the cold for part of a day, but it could well have been longer.”
When Ted Cruz left for Mexico the power was out. His wife Heidi texted a friend it was freezing. While he was gone the power came back. So Snowflake was in the cold for part of a day, but it could well have been longer. Ted left a security guard to take care of Snowflake.
— Michael Hardy (@mkerrhardy) February 19, 2021
Cruz was spotted boarding a plane to Mexico on Wednesday with his family, and following backlash from constituents and fellow lawmakers, arrived back in Texas on Thursday after reportedly booking an earlier ticket home from Cancun.
He had reportedly planned to stay in Mexico until Saturday.
Snowflake quickly gained notoriety and sympathy from Twitter users, with one parody account, @TedCruzPoodle, gaining more than 2,500 followers by Friday afternoon.
The account’s Twitter bio reads, “Hi! I’m Ted Cruz’s poodle, Snowflake, living my best life while Texas freezes over & my a-hole dad is in Cancun. #Justice4Snowflake #TedFled.”
I started shopping soon as my yap top powered up. Dad’s gonna crap when he sees the bill.
— Ted Cruz’s Poodle (@TedCruzPoodle) February 19, 2021
Upon arriving back in Texas on Thursday, Cruz admitted in an interview, “it was a mistake” to go to Cancun while many Texan households were without power in the midst of freezing winter storms.
“I was trying to be a dad,” Cruz continued. “And all of us have made decisions — when you got two girls who have been cold for two days and haven’t had heat or power and they’re saying, ‘Hey look, we don’t have school, why don’t we go. Let’s get out of here.’ “
In a video of the interview, a crowd of people can be heard chanting “resign.”
Texas Democrats on Thursday issued a statement also calling on Cruz to step down from his elected position, ripping the GOP senator for “jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold.”
Millions of people in Texas regained power Friday after days of outages across the state due to an electric grid paralyzed by the winter storm, though many are now facing a lack of safe drinking water.
According to The Associated Press, record-low temperatures in the state have damaged pipes that carry the water supply and jeopardized the drinking water systems, with local authorities now ordering nearly 7 million people in Texas to boil their tap water before drinking it.