Protesters Troll Ted Cruz With Mariachi Band Outside His Home
Call it the Texas version of a Rick Roll, a band of mariachis showed up this past weekend outside of Ted Cruz's home in Houston. The Texas Senator came under fire last week after he decided to jet off with his family to Cancun while there was a historic snowstorm battering the state. Millions of Texans were left without power or water and some tragically died during the storm.
Once word got out of the serious situation in Texas, there were people who answered the call to get aid to those in dire need. Former congressman Beto O'Rourke was able to raise millions of dollars to help Texans in need and bought food, water, and other necessities to help them during the storm, per News West 9. O'Rourke also organized a virtual phone bank to do welfare checks on over 150,000 Texas seniors during the storm. Through his efforts, seniors in need were able to get the assistance they needed during the storm, like food, clean water, and rides to warming centers. You can read more about his work on the Upworthy website.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised millions of dollars to help Texans affected by the storm. The New York Democrat even flew out to Texas to distribute supplies and tour some of the damage done by the storm. Through the Act Blue Democratic fundraising tool, they were able to raise more than $5 million dollars combined in relief funds according to CNN.
While elected and formerly elected officials were out there doing everything they could to asisst those in desperate need here in Texas, Ted Cruz was unpacking from his short vacation to Mexico. During a pandemic. Because when you're telling people to stay home and be safe, nothing makes the message hit home more than you not being home.
To welcome Ted back into his house while his family enjoyed the rest of the vacation, some angry Texans decided to send him a mariachi band. With all the protesters, media, and security outside his home, the mariachis had a great audience for their performance. Twitter user @RyanEGraney took a video of the performance outside Cruz's home:
The man we all have to thank for the performance is Adam Jama, who set up a GoFundMe page to pay for the mariachi group in honor of Cruz:
"Senator Cruz, being an amazing dad, dropped off his family in Cancun in the middle of a major crisis and came back to Texas to continue serving his constituents. We want to thank Senator Cruz for his leadership and pay for an amazing Mariachi band to perform for him. No one should go to Cancun and not listen to Mariachi."
The page made $4,710 dollars, well over the $1,000 goal. According to the Go Fund Me, all the money raised will go directly to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. While some people laughed at the stunt, others thought it was inappropriate to have a demonstration outside of his home like that. Luckily, his family wasn't there, since they were still enjoying their vacation in Mexico.