Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Matthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' MORE (R) is being mocked on Twitter after he slammed Democratic lawmakers for leaving the state to deny Republicans in Austin a quorum, with many pointing to the incident earlier this year when Cruz flew to Mexico as Texas was being battered by extreme winter weather.
After Texas Democrats flew to Washington, D.C., on Monday to deny the GOP the quorum it needed to vote in a special legislative session, Cruz was said the "political stunt" was "ironic" given Democratic opposition to voter ID measures.
"As they were getting on their private jet to fly to Washington, D.C., they almost surely had to show identification to get on that jet," Cruz said in a Fox News interview.
"This is, at the end of the day, politics. And they need to get back to doing their jobs. And one way or the other, they will," he added.
The Texas Democrats who have pulled this political stunt by flying to Washington, D.C. almost surely had to show ID to get on their jet, yet they’re throwing a fit because they don’t want basic election integrity steps strengthened in Texas.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 13, 2021
Cruz uploaded the interview to his Twitter account, where he was bombarded with criticism from fellow politicians and other Twitter users reminding him of his much-criticized trip to Mexico in February.
"I'd sit this one out, Ted," tweeted Julián Castro, a Texas Democrat and the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Texas Democrats left the state to fight for voting rights.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) July 13, 2021
Ted Cruz left the state to sip drinks on a Cancun beach.
I’d sit this one out, Ted. pic.twitter.com/aaePYLLzXs
Rep. Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonOvernight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Defense bill takes center stage Hillicon Valley: Senators want answers about Amazon's biometric data collection | House members release companion bill targeting app stores | Google files to dismiss Ohio lawsuit MORE (D-Ga.) said that if there's "one thing [Cruz] knows about, it's jet setting."
If it’s one thing @tedcruz knows about, it’s jet setting. Reminds you of when he abandoned his duty to the people of Texas when he left in the middle of a winter storm to go to Cancun. https://t.co/PVzCGaIMI6— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) July 13, 2021
One Twitter user pointed out Cruz's false equivalency, saying that "people have a right to vote but not a right to board jets." Cruz quoted the tweet, retorting, "They also need an ID to buy Miller Lites."
They also needed an ID to buy their Miller Lites. https://t.co/ouiMJe1T24— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 13, 2021
The Democratic Texas lawmakers, acknowledging they will ultimately be unable to stop GOP election reform, are calling on Congress to take sweeping action at the federal level.