Senator Ted Cruz is being accused of abandoning millions of freezing Texans, as well as his poodle Snowflake, to travel to Cancún.
On Thursday around 1 p.m. CT, journalist Michael Hardy says he drove by Cruz’s River Oaks home and saw the senator’s dog in the house.
Cruz and his family flew from Houston to Cancún Wednesday night, but the politician flew back the next day after receiving backlash for leaving the state while millions are suffering power, water, and heat outages.
Though Cruz said in a Thursday statement that his “family lost heat and power, too,” Hardy said “a neighbor told me the block got its power back last night.”
“Also, Ted appears to have left behind the family poodle,” Hardy added.
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
In a piece for New York Magazine, Hardy said a man who identified himself as a security guard confirmed it was Cruz’s house and that he was the one caring for the dog.
Hardy also conceded on Twitter that it is “possible Ted brought the poodle back from Cancún with him, or that a family member was staying behind to take care of the dog.”
Just to clarify, this was taken around 1pm central on Thursday. It's possible Ted brought the poodle back from Cancun with him, or that a family member was staying behind to take care of the dog.— Michael Hardy (@mkerrhardy) February 18, 2021
Regardless, many social media users criticized Cruz for possibly abandoning his dog in harsh conditions.
“Gosh, Cruz’s poodle, Snowflake is all Texans. Abandoned in the dark,” wrote on Twitter user.
“In the event you thought @tedcruz could not possibly be a more detestable human being, he left his poodle alone in the house, freezing without electricity while they left to Cancún,” said Ana Navarro.
“Update: Snowflake has now joined the 99.9 percent of Americans who reportedly can’t stand @tedcruz...” joked Joy Reid.
Although Cruz said in his Thursday statement that he was heading to Cancún to drop off his daughters on a trip with their friends, The New York Times obtained alleged texts that same day which appear to show Cruz’s wife Heidi inviting friends to join them at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancún through Sunday.
Heidi also reportedly wrote that her house was, “FREEZING.”
Though a source close to Cruz told The New York Times that he had always planned to return to Texas on Thursday, the newspaper later quoted the senator saying he had planned to stay through the weekend.
“The plan had been to stay through the weekend with the family,” Cruz reportedly told press when he arrived back in Texas.
Per CNN, Cruz also said he “started having second thoughts almost the moment I sat down on the plane.”
“Because on the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our kids, take care of our family. That’s something Texans have been doing across the state,” he was quoted saying. “But I also have a responsibility that I take very seriously for the state of Texas and frankly, leaving when so many Texans were hurting didn’t feel right and so I changed my return flight and flew back on the first available flight I could take.”