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Ted Cruz called Austin's mayor a 'hypocrite' for fleeing to Mexico during the pandemic. It's coming back to bite him.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a history of calling out politicians for the exact thing he's doing now.

As his state suffered days of widespread blackouts and other dire consequences of a deep freeze, Cruz and his family were spotted boarding a plane to Cancun on Wednesday night. The Republican was unsurprisingly mocked for his poorly timed travel, and after just 11 hours in Mexico, seemed to be making a U-turn for Houston.

One common subject of the anti-Cruz firestorm was the fact that just in December, the senator had deemed Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler a "hypocrite" for traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and recording a video there telling Austin residents to saty home.

Cruz's communications adviser Steve Guest also called out what he determined was "Democrat coronavirus hypocrisy."

Cruz didn't acknowledge his past callouts when issuing a statement on his travel Thursday, instead saying he was only accompanying his daughters to Cancun because he wanted to "be a good dad." Kathryn Krawczyk