In August, Cruz responded to a tweet from the California governor’s office urging people in that state to turn off unneeded lights and limit their use of appliances. He described the state as “unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity.”
He then said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York as well as the Biden-Harris presidential ticket wanted to make what he called California’s “failed energy policy” the national standard.
Millions of Texans have been left without electricity for sometimes-lengthy periods of time over the past few days because of severe winter weather.
Many accused Cruz of hypocrisy for criticizing California’s power infrastructure over the wildfires and extreme heat waves that plagued the West Coast last summer when his state’s infrastructure had proved unable to handle its own inclement weather.
“I got no defense,” Cruz tweeted Tuesday, responding to the critiques. “A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down. Not good.”