Josh Hawley (R-MO) and challenge Joe Biden's electors during the congressional certification, which numerous rioters believed would give former vice president Mike Pence an opening to allow Trump to remain in office.
Dallas resident Brandon Friedman compared the response of several Texas Republicans - including Cruz, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick - to the California power outages.
But, it's true. while millions of his fellow Texans are without power and water and are literally freezing during a winter ice storm, Ted's off to a Cancun resort for some fun in the sun.
"When Ted Cruz helps to incite that sedition, seeks to overturn a lawfully legitimately democratically decided election, he is just as culpable for the insurrection, the coup attempt, the deaths, including of Capitol police officers who were trying to defend his life and the lives of others who serve in our Capitol", O'Rourke said.
Spokespersons for Cruz's office did not immediately respond to request for comment Wednesday night or Thursday.
The revelation opens Cruz to significant criticism in Texas and beyond as he contemplates the possibility of a second presidential run in 2024.
Cruz acknowledged how serious the crisis is in a tweet Tuesday, saying, "A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down".
Texas is now experiencing a historic deep freeze, which has killed at least 21 people and knocked out power to more than 4 million people across the state.
In Austin, some hospitals faced a loss in water pressure and in some cases, heat. In more recent years, he has positioned himself as a key ally of Donald Trump with an eye toward a potential second White House bid.
"You lied about the election". The Republican Accountability Project earlier this month kicked off a $1 million billboard campaign calling on congressional members, including Cruz, to resign.