LATE NIGHT host Jimmy Kimmel has a field day with Texas Senator Ted Cruz after he fled his state to go to Cancun while hundreds died and thousands went without power and heat in extreme cold temperatures.
"On behalf of all of us we want to send our best wishes from L.A. to those of you who have been hammered by the cold weather," Kimmel said late Thursday night. "Hundreds of thousands of Texans are still without power."
"And on a day when the most newsworthy landing should have been the NASA Rover successfully touching down on Mars, instead, it was a senator from Texas touching down on Cancun," he continued jokingly.
Photos went viral yesterday of Cruz boarding a flight to flee his home state while thousands of people continued braving extreme temperatures as Texas' government did little to help its citizens.
Kimmel, who has made his antagonism against Cruz well known, poked fun at Cruz.
"While his fellow Texans are freezing with the power out, Ted Cruz did what any great leader would do when his state needs leadership most," Kimmel continued. "He booked a flight to Mexico and said, ‘Adios, amigos!’"
Kimmel continued lambasting Cruz, reminding him and audiences of what people in Texas are going through, without power and heat and as frigid temperatures freeze even toilet water over.
"And where was Mr. Texas while his constituents are suffering?" Kimmel asked rhetorically. "Well, there he is, snake on a plane right there! Headed, ironically, to the very place he tried to build a wall around."
Kimmel joked about the photos, saying it could be the senator "or just a man with a terrible medical condition called 'looking Like Ted Cruz.'"
"So, he loads his family onto a plane to get the hell out of town and, unfortunately he’s been on TV kissing Trump’s ass so much and for so long, that everyone recognizes him even with a mask on," the host said.
"They post all these pictures of him and there’s so much backlash, he has no choice but to immediately book a flight home," he continued.
"The hypocrisy is off the charts!" Kimmel added. "This is the guy who two months ago lashed out at the mayor of Austin for going to Mexico."
"But why settle for just being the planet’s biggest hypocrite when you can be a world-class liar too?” Kimmel asked again rhetorically, saying Cruz threw his two daughters under the bus.
"With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends," Cruz explained. "Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon."
"Now, he was careful not to say he was planning to fly back this afternoon because he wasn’t," Kimmel argued. "He just said he did, and in fact, NBC News has a source that says he was originally booked to fly back Saturday."
"He booked his return ticket at 6 a.m. this morning after he got busted," continued the host. "But I guess we were supposed to believe he was chaperoning his wife and kids to Mexico and was planning to come back the next day all along… with a carry-on bag stuffed like a piñata."
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