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While Cruz was traveling from Cancun, O'Rourke and AOC helped Texans in crisis

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) checks his documentation at an airline counter at the Cancun International Airport before boarding his plane back to the U.S., in Cancun, Mexico February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

While Sen. Ted Cruz was dealing with the fallout from his trip to Cancun, two of his Democratic political nemeses -- Beto O'Rourke and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- raised money and offered resources to Texans hit hard by this week's winter storm.

(CNN)While Sen. Ted Cruz was dealing with the fallout from his trip to Cancun, two of his Democratic political nemeses -- Beto O'Rourke and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- raised money and offered resources to Texans hit hard by this week's winter storm.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congresswoman from New York who has frequently sparred with Cruz, launched a fundraiser on Twitter and raised $1 million by Thursday evening.

"Wow. We officially raised $1 million for Texas relief at 9:17pm. ," she tweeted.

By Friday, she tweeted, that figure had risen to $2 million and she announced she was going to fly to Houston to join with Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia to distribute supplies.

Meanwhile, O'Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Cruz in the Texas 2018 Senate race, ran a virtual phone bank to contact senior citizens in Texas, to connect them with resources during the disaster.

"BIG THANKS to the volunteers who made over 784,000 phone calls to senior citizens in Texas today," he tweeted.

The efforts came after Cruz flew to Cancun as a winter disaster unfolded in his home state, leaving millions without power and water.

While Cruz was facing criticism, his fellow Republican Sen. John Cornyn was attempting to draw a contrast with his colleague, tweeting and retweeting news and guidance on Thursday for Texans to follow to help them during this crisis.

With the sounds of nearby protesters audible, Cruz said he understands the anger many Texans feel toward his decision.

Listen, we're in a strange time where Twitter's been going crazy and the media is going crazy and there's a lot of venom and vitriol that I think is unfortunate frankly on both sides," Cruz said.

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