Ted Cruz next to his pinata doppleganger
Ted Cruz next to his pinata doppleganger
NBC News/ABC Party HQ

Ted Cruz has been mocked by a party store after it unveiled a piñata of the senator on his controversial trip to Mexico.

The Texas senator was widely condemned last week after flying to Cancun during a deadly winter storm in his own state that left millions without power.

A viral photo of Cruz at the airport – wearing a Texas flag face-mask and a grey shirt and jeans – has now been turned into a piñata by ABC Party HQ in Dallas.

The party store is no stranger to political merchandise. Last month it made a paper mache version of the viral Bernie Sanders mittens meme following Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Earlier this week Cruz blamed the outrage over his trip on the Trump-shaped hole in the news agenda.

“Donald Trump broke the media, and so they don’t want to do that,” Cruz said on conservative radio host Dana Loesch’s program Monday afternoon. “They just want to engage in political attacks.”

These “political attacks” come after 80 people died due to the extreme and unprecedented cold weather that Texas faced, following reporting from the AP that cites hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, traffic accidents, house fires and drowning as causes of death.

His pandemic get-away was exposed after messages from a WhatsApp group chat were leaked to The New York Times.

Cruz justified his decision making by saying his daughters wanted to be with their friends.

His excuse was brilliantly torn apart by John Oliver on his HBO show Last Week Tonight, with the comedian saying: “The first rule of fatherhood is throw your daughters under the bus at the first opportunity.”

Read more: Did Ted Cruz really board a flight to Cancun amid Texas power outage?

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