CANDACE Owens leapt to Ted Cruz's defence after the Texas Senator fled the state during a devastating snow storm.
In a now deleted Tweet, outspoken commentator Owens defended the Lone Star Senator for going on holiday during its worst storm in history.
She wrote: "You can make calls from anywhere in the world.
"I’m just here to point out that the same people that spent the last year demanding we stay in full isolation from everyone (including our own family members) is now outraged Ted Cruz isn’t going to door to door to offer rides."
Photos on Twitter showed the senator on a flight to Cancun, prompting many to accuse the lawmaker of abandoning Texans during the crisis.
Cruz admitted that he traveled to Mexico for a family vacation as thousands struggled without power and water during a winter storm.
The high-profile Republican senator said he accompanied his family after his daughters asked to go on a trip with friends.
CNBC reports Cruz is standing by for a United Airlines flight from Cancun back to Houston and is scheduled to depart Thursday afternoon.
He was originally due to fly back Houston on Saturday.
Cruz addressed the furore on Thursday afternoon hours after he faced backlash for leaving the US – and said the storm had produced an "infuriating week for Texans."
Cruz issued a statement on February 18 to address the controversy.
“Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon,” Cruz said, referring to his daughters.
“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas.
"We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”
A source said the Republican lawmaker went with his family for a long-planned trip to Cancun, according to The Associated Press.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Texas woke up to a fourth day without power.
Meanwhile a water crisis was unfolding after storms wreaked havoc on power grid and utilities.
Texas officials ordered 7 million people to boil tap water before drinking the water.
Texanswere outraged that the senator may have abandoned his state during the emergency.
A number of social media users spotted pictures of a man bearing resemblance to Cruz at an airport check-in and aboard a flight from Houston to Cancun.
One Twitter user said: "Ted Cruz abandon the people of Texas during a natural disaster crisis…that just unacceptable and honestly unforgivable in my opinion."
Another said Cruz "chooses ‘love of sun’ over love of state".
But another jumped the Senator's defence, saying pointing our how "most family’s plan vacations like this months in advance."
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