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While Cruz was traveling from Cancun, O’Rourke and AOC helped Texans in crisis

HOUSTON, Texas — While Sen. Ted Cruz was dealing with the fallout from his trip to Cancun, two of his Democratic political nemeses — Beto O’Rourke and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — raised money and offered resources to Texans hit hard by this week’s winter storm.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congresswoman from New York who has frequently sparred with Cruz, launched a fundraiser on Twitter and raised $1 million by Thursday evening.

“Wow. We officially raised $1 million for Texas relief at 9:17pm.,” she tweeted. “Thank you all so much. Folded hands I’m at a loss for words. Always in awe of movement work.”

By Friday, she tweeted, that figure had risen to $2 million and she announced she was going to fly to Houston to join with Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia to distribute supplies. Ocasio-Cortez is using Act Blue to fundraise, a Democratic fundraising tool that helps her build an email listserv as she receives donations.

Meanwhile, O’Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Cruz in the Texas 2018 Senate race, ran a virtual phone bank to contact senior citizens in Texas, to connect them with resources during the disaster.

“BIG THANKS to the volunteers who made over 784,000 phone calls to senior citizens in Texas today,” he tweeted. “You helped to connect them with water, food, transportation, and shelter. And you made sure that they knew we were thinking about them and that they matter to us.”

The efforts came after Cruz flew to Cancun as a winter disaster unfolded in his home state, leaving millions without power and water. While Cruz was facing criticism, his fellow Republican Sen. John Cornyn was tweeting and retweeting news and guidance for Texans to follow, including a message from the right-leaning R Street Institute, which at one point during the height of the scandal Thursday tweeted, “Meanwhile, @JohnCornyn’s Twitter feed is full of helpful news and resources for Texas.” Cornyn’s office denied that it was trying to draw a contrast with Cruz’s handling of the crisis.

After the publication of this story, Cruz’s office insisted he worked to help the people of Texas ahead of the storm by communicating with local and state leaders before traveling to Cancun.

After returning to Houston on Thursday afternoon, Cruz told reporters outside his home it was “obviously a mistake” and that “in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it.”

With the sounds of nearby protesters audible, Cruz said he understands the anger many Texans feel toward his decision.

“Of course, I understand why people are upset. Listen, we’re in a strange time where Twitter’s been going crazy and the media is going crazy and there’s a lot of venom and vitriol that I think is unfortunate frankly on both sides,” Cruz said. “I think everyone ought to treat each other with respect and decency and try to understand each other more particularly at a time of crisis.”

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  1. Give it a rest! Beto & AOC stayed safe and warm making phone calls, while NY Gov. Cuomo, with the blood of thousands of nursing home deaths on his hands, gets a free pass. Not a peep out of the (all biden channel) on that. Sen. Cruz has done more for Texas than AOC & Beto ever thought of doing.

    1. ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS have been talking about Cuomo’s fuck up on all their news programs for the last three days. Turn your television on. You can learn a lot like that.

      1. Give em hell Charlie!! These morons have the intelligence of a thirteen year old Junior High dropout. Most of these numbnuts are QAnon brainwashed so don’t expect any of them to make any valid arguments. The live deep inside the Trump Rabbit Hole where reality is whatever they think it is convenient for them and not what it actually is. There must be a Psychiatric condition named for this state of mind. Oh yeah, I know. It’s called Delusional Psychosis!!

    1. 2 million dollars for Texans in need as of Tonight. Thanks to AOC. What is Cruz doing? Fucking around as usual. Rafael Cruz just keeps shooting himself in the foot. This Pendejo is own worst enemy. I say that he should keep it up so we can get rid of him sooner.

  2. Cruz has never done a single thing for Texas other than embarrass us and make all Texans look like fools. Cornyn hasn’t done a thing either. The both of them and Abbott’s stupid statements about the green new deal is going to turn Texas Blue. They’re both traitors and violated their oath to protect and defend the Constitution. OUT OUT OUT OUT!

    1. Mark Turner must have bought a “Word of the Month” subscription. For a year his favorite word was Nazi. Then it was insurrection. Now it’s traitor. NEVER offers ANY facts just drops words that he doesn’t know the meaning of

      1. There is no Mark Turner and there is no Alberto. Quit deflecting. Quit denying what everyone in the country witnessed while Ted Cruz ignored the electoral vote and claimed the election needed to be investigated.

        1. You leftists morons wrongly questioned the results of the 2016 election and harassed the President and lied about Russian collusion for 4 years with absolutely no evidence and that’s ok? Cruz questioned a HIGHLY irregular election and its treason? You’re a moron.

      2. Here is a word that you aren’t familiar with: REALITY! Reality check—Trump LOST! Here is another Reality check—Trump is DONE! More and more real REPUBLICANS are getting away from the Eau de Trump smell of Corruption and Moral Decay. Phewww!

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