Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez flew to Houston to meet congresswoman Sylvia Garcia after she managed to raise more than $3 million for Texas relief.
But the New York congresswoman has been urged to “stay in New York” by critics online, with one Twitter user writing: “Pure pandering, You have no empathy for anyone but yourself. Stay in New York, don’t those people need your ”help” too?”
AOC received praises from allies who compared her actions to Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s decision to fly to Cancun, Mexico with his family amid the power crisis.
Twitter user Beth wrote: “AOC doing more for Texans than @SenTedCruz! It seems she understands government of the people, by the people and FOR the people.”
The Texas senator returned to Texas he was caught leaving the state for Cancun.
“This has been an infuriating week for Texans. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too,” Cruz said. “With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”
The Senator also claimed that his daughters asked him the day before if they could go on a vacation, and he and his wife agreed. Hours later, they were already on the plane.
Cruz was immediately criticized for the trip and for seeming to blame the decision on his daughters.
AOC announced her trip on Friday, writing: “We’ve now raised $2 MILLION in relief for Texans & are adding more orgs.
“I’ll be flying to Texas today to visit with Houston rep Sylvia Garcia to distribute supplies and help amplify needs & solutions.”
In another tweet, AOC wrote: “Charity isn’t a replacement for good governance, but we won’t turn away from helping people in need when things hit the fan. People understand that now is the time for collective action and doing what we can w/ whatever we’ve got. Thank you y Pa’lante!”
Her trip was met with mixed reaction, with many thanking the congresswoman for her support.
“I thought @AOC was one of 435 house members, not from TX, but with a district in NY. Are there really no cold and needy constituents there for you to serve, where today it is near freezing with snow?” one Twitter user wrote.
“She should concern herself with the astronomical death toll of elderly people in her state due to that states failed policies in handling Covid. What happened here pales in comparison to the amount of death in New York nursing homes,” another wrote.
“Stay out of Texas. We don’t want you here,” a third said.
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