Ted Cruz is not just a domestic joke here in the United States, but he’s now also an international joke, having been mocked by Mexico’s president, Manuel Lopez-Obrador for dodging his constituents’ questions after the mass shooting in Uvalde. Both Sen. Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio blamed the shooting on Mexican Cartels – and Obrador is having none of it. President Obrador pointed out Cruz’s blatant hypocrisy — and his demonstrable fealty to the NRA — in a press conference:
#ConferenciaPresidente. Exhibe @lopezobrador_ noticiero de @France24_es donde señalan que el senador texano Ted Cruz recibió 176 mil dólares de la Asociación Nacional del Rifle. pic.twitter.com/eTG2jpNPMc
— Jenaro Villamil (@jenarovillamil) June 8, 2022
Cruz infamously fled Texas for a vacation in Cancun, Mexico, during one of the state’s worst crises – when winter storm Uri hit the state he represents and an unprecedented cold wave essentially broke the Texas power grid, leaving millions of Texans without power and heat as temperatures plunged below freezing. Even worse were the hundreds of people who died because of those freezing temperatures.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), tweeted about Mexico’s president’s absence from the Summit of the Americas:
Happy to see that the Mexican President who has turned entire sections of his country over to drug cartels and is an apologist for a tyranny in Cuba,a murderous dictator in Nicaragua and a narco-trafficker in Venezuela won’t be in America this weekhttps://t.co/7ubKUI4G1Q
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 7, 2022
This prompted Lopez-Obrador to say, as reported by NBC News:
“I want proof. Because I have proof that Ted Cruz. Because I have proof that (Ted Cruz) has received money from those in favor of gun manufacturing in the United States (to lobby against) a ban on sales.”
Opensecrets.org found that in the 2018 election cycle – when Cruz narrowly beat out Beto O’Rourke for his Senate seat – Cruz was the biggest recipient of PAC money from gun rights groups such as the NRA.
Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., Esteban Moctezuma, took Cruz to task in February.
📄 Open letter that Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Esteban Moctezuma addressed to Senator Ted Cruz regarding his recent statements about Mexico. pic.twitter.com/1JKR3aRPa4
— Embassy of Mexico in the U.S. (@EmbamexEUA) February 18, 2022
Cruz was quick to blame his vacation on his daughters. Saying:
We knew he’d blame someone – didn’t expect it to be his daughters. No apology. No remorse. No accountability.
According to media, Ted Cruz was originally scheduled to return to Texas on Saturday, but rescheduled his flight after intense criticism for his trip to Cancun. https://t.co/jTwosnee6T
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 18, 2021
Cancun Cruz is one of the biggest jokes who’ve ever managed to weasel their way into the United States Congress . We know it, and now, so does the rest of the world.
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