From the desk of John Lopez: It takes a Texan and a “mistake” to make the far left’s most polarizing woman into a hero for Texans in their hour of need
Everybody has heard the story, and likely seen the video, either on TV or social media, of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R, Texas) leaving his state in the midst of its worst winter storm in history causing millions of Texans to be without power for days, to go to Cancun for a winter vacation with his family.
In the most minimizing answer of a 2021 question of “what was he thinking?” Senator Cruz called his decision to leave Texas a “mistake”.
Let’s see, the vast majority of your constituents in big cities like your hometown of Houston, as well as Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio and all parts in between are freezing their asses off without power for heaters, pipes bursting right and left, and some of your constituents resorting to desperate measures to keep warm, car heaters in a closed garage that took lives, and you jet off to warm climates of Mexico with your family.
Then returning home and cutting the family winter vacation early, he tries to deflect blame for his “mistake” onto his daughters, instead of owning it.
RedState‘s Kira Davis, a managing editor, tweeted last night about Senator Cruz:
“The problem comes when you’re telling other people not to go anywhere or do anything and then you go places and do things.
“The problem is hypocrisy, not going somewhere warm when it’s zero degrees.”Kira Davis tweet 2/18/21
Yes, we’ve witnessed Illinois’ Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) during the COVID crisis in Illinois, spend time with wife and daughter taking advantage of Florida’s relaxed COVID restrictions in the past year.
But as another California resident referred to Senator Cruz’s “Ted Fled” and “Not so excellent adventure” to Mexico pointed out, this is Cruz’s “French Laundry”, a reference to about-to-be-recalled California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) ignoring his own COVID restrictions and wining/dining at the exclusive restaurant with friends.
Since the Capitol Riots of January 6, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY-14) has been a real nemesis to Senator Cruz. The Boricua congresswoman has publicly tweeted to her over 12 million followers that Cruz tried to have her killed, and demanded his resignation because of it.
Responding to a joke-tweet from LGBTQ+ activist, and former Star Trek actor George Takei, AOC tweeted the following late yesterday morning our time:
The typical partisan making political hay yesterday as Cruz’s Mexico trip story is becoming known to the nation, including his early return to Houston on Thursday. Remember, Cruz booked the trip on Sunday, and flew out of Houston on Tuesday as the winter storm disaster was already hitting Texas.
Then comes AOC’s transformation. Sometime after 12:39PM EST, she was prompted, likely directly/indirectly from Above and tweeted this at 5:42PM EST, just 5 hours after her conspiratorial tweet:
So after close-of-business on the east coast, AOC launched a fundraising drive through ActBlue, vowing to split 100% of all proceeds 5-way between 5 reputable Texas charities.
Less than two hours later, AOC tweeted over $325K has been raised. Then AOC challenged her followers to make the total donations $1 million by Midnight EST.
Note the times in this tweet, and what AOC states is EST.
Wow. AOC, when she turns her energies away from petty partisanship, raised over $1 million in the span of four hours, using the gifts/blessings God has given her, for His will to bring relief to Texans in their hour of need.
As I tweeted last night and what I’ll expand on here, I don’t care where one matches with AOC politically, she did a genuinely statesmanship act of mercy and grace.
Was thinking of the 1960 movie classic The Alamo (John Wayne, Richard Widmark) where Sam Houston (played by Richard Boone), having just received Col. Travis’ dire message, ended his speech citing how 188 men were buying time for his recruits to be trained with these famous closing words:
“May all Texas, remember”
I grew up in Texas, and I know, Texans will remember not only AOC’s raising funds in their hour of need, but Senator Cruz’s lapse in judgement. Texans will remember.
Whether it will impact Senator Cruz’s term in the Senate which ends in 2024, or have an impact on the TX-06 special congressional election on May 1, Texans will remember.
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (D, TX-29) represents a Houston area district.
AOC is not only doing her part from her smartphone in NYC in social media, but will be on the ground in Houston tomorrow.
UPDATE x2: From the ground in Houston 2/20/21 mid-morning CST:
Texans will remember.