The Trump-supporting conspiracy theorist claimed on Twitter yesterday that Cruz’s trip to Mexico is the “best thing for the state right now” because he is not using up “valuable resources of energy, food and water that can now be used by someone else”.
The mental gymnastics required to justify a state’s leader leaving in a time of crisis is quite something, yet D’Souza has doubled down on his comments since by retweeting them as the events unfolded.
While many agreed Cruz’s presence in Texas is virtually useless, it was for very different reasons.
Meanwhile, Cruz was seen to be boarding an aeroplane to Cancun, Mexico with his family as 2.5 million Texans were left without power due to severe weather and infrastructure failures.
People on Twitter have retaliated to the comments in their thousands, responding that people might have reacted differently if, for example, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were to flee New York in the midst of a similar crisis.
D’Souza claims the justification also lies in the limited role of what an elected Senator is supposed to do.
He added that “the simple truth is that Senators don’t do a whole lot other than VOTE. The rest of it is mainly fundraising, posturing, photo ops, etc.”
This has been quickly toppled by the actions taken by former Democratic representative Beto O’Rourke, who lost to Cruz by one of the states’ closest ever margins.
D’Souza’s fiercely conservative links date back to Ronald Reagan’s presidency, where he spent time as his adviser. He was pardoned by former President Trump back in 2018 for illegal campaign contributions made several years prior.
Here’s what he had to say about it.
What could @tedcruz do if he were here in Texas? I’m hard-pressed to say. If he’s in Cancun, that means he’s not us… https://t.co/7mA7CKVZ6F
The product of some of Republican misinformation’s widest spread memes was born from the notion that Barack Obama spent Hurricane Katrina playing golf - despite not being elected for another 3 years. It commonly crops up in arguments against his validity as a US president.
We’re yet to see if diehard Republicans will ever feel content leaning on that excuse again.
@JuliaDavisNews I joke but not really. The republicans are absolutely going to talk about how Obama went golfing during Hurricane Katrina