Ted Cruz Cancun Trip Prompts Wave of Mexico Border Wall Jokes

Ted Cruz is being lambasted on social media for supporting Donald Trump's border wall after he fled to Mexico in the middle of a humanitarian crisis, with Texas hit by freezing temperatures and continuing blackouts.

The senator found himself at the center of a media frenzy on Thursday after photos of him traveling to Cancun amid the disaster emerged, garnering widespread condemnation.

"Heidi and me, we lost power for two days," Cruz told Fox News's Sean Hannity. "Our house was dark. We had no heat.

"We were all huddled around the fireplace because it was the only heat in the house, and after a couple of days of the girls being really cold and it being in the teens in the twenties outside, our girls said 'Look, school has been canceled for the week. Can we take a trip and go somewhere warm?'"

"And Heidi and I, as parents, we said 'Okay, sure.'"

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) checks in for a flight at Cancun International Airport after a backlash over his Mexican family vacation as his home state of Texas endured a Winter storm on February 18, 2021 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The Republican politician came under fire after leaving for the warm holiday destination as hundreds of thousands of people in the lone star state suffered a loss of power. Reports stated that Cruz was due to catch a flight back to Houston, Texas. MEGA/GC Images

"And so last night I flew down with them to the beach and then I flew back this afternoon," he went on. "I had initially planned to stay through the weekend, but as I was heading down there, you know, I started to have second thoughts almost immediately because of the crisis here in Texas, you need to be here on the ground."

However, legions of Twitter users have pointed out that Cruz fled to Mexico when things got tough in his home of Texas, despite always being a staunch supporter of Trump's infamous anti-immigration wall.

In 2019, Cruz publicly stated that he wanted to make convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán fund the wall.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks after he received a briefing on border security next to Sen. John Cornyn(L) R-TX and Sen. Ted Cruz(2ndR) R-TX near the Rio Grande in McAllen, Texas, on January 10, 2019. Cruz has been criticized for flying to Mexico amid freezing conditions and blackouts in Texas. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

"Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way to secure our southern border and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons and individuals," the senator said at the time.

"Ted Cruz wants to build a wall but fled to Mexico when his state lost power," tweeted author Ari Berman.

Ted Cruz wants to build a wall but fled to Mexico when his state lost power

— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) February 18, 2021

Film director Jeremy Newberger joked: "With Ted Cruz over in Mexico, now would be a good time to build that wall."

Actor Josh Charles of The Good Wife fame tweeted: "If Ted Cruz is still in Mexico I fully support building the wall now to prevent his return."

While actress Rosanna Arquette added: "Texans need to build a wall around Ted Cruz so he can't hurt them any more."

With Ted Cruz over in Mexico, now would be a good time to build that wall.

— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) February 18, 2021

"Relax," writer Michael Harriot tweeted. "Ted Cruz was probably just headed to pick up Mexico's payment for the border wall."

Activist Erin Brockovich joked that she would now be open to a wall to keep Cruz in Mexico.

If @tedcruz had gone to Cancun he can stay there and I would now be open to a wall #illpayforit https://t.co/QfFfm28faJ

— Erin Brockovich (@ErinBrockovich) February 18, 2021

"If @tedcruz had gone to Cancun he can stay there and I would now be open to a wall #illpayforit," she tweeted.

Host Chip Franklin tweeted: "What's that sound? Sounds like a chorus of Mexicans demanding a wall... high enough so Ted Cruz can't fly over it."