Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) urged President Joe Biden to send federal aid to Texas as the state continued to grapple with disaster, while Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) had raised at least $2 million to aid Texans on Friday. Cruz is continuing to face heated criticism for taking an aborted trip to Cancun, Mexico, on Wednesday while many Texans were left without power in freezing cold temperatures. One day after returning from the resort destination, he joined with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to write Biden a letter in support of Republican Governor Greg Abbott 's request for aid and a formal disaster declaration, telling the president that assistance is required despite "swift action" from Abbott. "The Governor and local officials have informed us that the severity and magnitude of the storm is beyond the response capabilities of the state and local government," the senators wrote. "Freezing temperatures severely affected the State's electric generation and distribution … [Read more...] about AOC Raises $2 Million for Texas As Ted Cruz Asks Biden for Federal Aid After Cancun Fallout
As Senator Ted Cruz flew back and forth between Cancún, Mexico and Houston this week, "a lot of people in Texas," including Beto O'Rourke, have stepped up to fill in for the senator during a winter storm that led to the state's power crisis. Speaking with Vanity Fair 's Joe Hagan on an episode of the Inside the Hive podcast, O'Rourke was asked how he felt about doing Cruz's job, which O'Rourke challenged in a narrow race back in 2018, by helping Texans during the blackouts. "There are a lot of people in Texas who are trying to do that job and to help out," O'Rourke said. "You've got folks in government, Ted Cruz, a great example, who don't believe in government, or don't believe in our form of government, who tried to overturn a lawfully, legitimately, democratically-decided election." "The Ted Cruz thing, as they say, you know, true to form," he added. "But I don't know how much we were expecting from him to begin with." This week, Cruz received immense backlash after … [Read more...] about ‘A Lot of People in Texas’ Trying to Do Ted Cruz’s Job, Former Challenger Beto O’Rourke Says
Twitter was abuzz on Thursday as photos circulated of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) boarding a flight to Cancun, Mexico, while millions of Texans were without water, heat or electricity during a winter storm. After hours of speculation, it was confirmed that Cruz was on the trip. Cruz said he flew there for the night to drop off his daughters on a trip with friends. He later called the trip "a mistake." "With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon," Cruz said in a statement. "My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe." The New York Times later reported that leaked text messages showed Cruz's family was planning to stay in Mexico … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Did Ted Cruz Leave His Dog Snowflake Home Alone During Trip to Cancun?
The days-long drama over Rep. Liz Cheney Elizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her Kinzinger hits GOP on 'operation #coverupJan6' over Cheney ouster plot MORE (R-Wyo.) is exposing deep rifts in the party about its most prominent member: Donald Trump Donald Trump Caitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE . Trump — more than three months out of office — remains the dominant force within GOP politics and is willing to try to sink fellow Republicans heading into 2022. That’s left Republicans divided into largely three camps: Flatter Trump, try to ignore Trump or, increasingly rarely, fight Trump, none of which unite a fractured … [Read more...] about Cheney drama exposes GOP’s Trump rifts
Donald Trump Jr. accused Twitter of targeting him for his conservative views and "spreading misinformation" one day after false claims that he had referred to Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott as a Democrat went viral. Trump posted his response in a Friday video on Rumble, a video sharing app favored by conservatives. He denounced the "selective interpretation" of his tweet defending Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) from criticism for taking a trip to Cancun, Mexico, amid mass power outages and frigid weather in Texas, referring to the trip as "a little PR mishap" on Friday. The viral tweet had criticized the "hypocrisy of those trying to cancel Ted Cruz who have been totally silent on their Democrat governor's incompetence," which many interpreted as a reference to Abbott. However, neither the tweet nor an accompanying Rumble video referred to Abbott, with the video appearing to reference unnamed Democratic governors instead. In a tweet hours earlier, Trump criticized … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Jr. Blasts Twitter Over False Claims He Called Texas Governor Abbott a Democrat