When social media users compare a US Senator to a Colombian drug lord and still find him lacking, there is certainly something amiss. Social media users are comparing US Senator Ted Cruz to Pablo Escobar, using a now viral photo of the Texas lawmaker returning from vacation to make their point. And for many, the comparison is apparently unfair to the narco-terrorist immortalised in the Netflix show Narcos.
As Texas reels from a week of historic winter storms as well as one of the worst electricity outages in US history, more than 20 people have died. According to reports, people are fast running out of stored food supplies, even as items begin to spoil in dark refrigerators and the few supermarkets that remain open see their stock dwindle. In some parts of the state, fruit and vegetable crops have frozen due to the severe weather. Milk was being wasted because the dairies were inaccesible, and in some areas, livestock growers are out of feed, while others see chickens and calves to freeze to death.
Against this backdrop, United States Senator for Texas decided to take a family vacation to Cancun in sunny Mexico. Now to be fair, he did return from Cancun soon after, having had "second thoughts". But the damage has already been done.
It certainly did not help matters that in his absence, Democratic lawmaker from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took up the slack. Even as she called for Cruz's resignation in no uncertain terms, AOC worked to raise more than $1 million in less than a day for struggling Texans.
"If Sen. Cruz had resigned back in January after helping gin up a violent insurrection that killed several people, he could’ve taken his vacation in peace. Texans should continue to demand his resignation," she added.
But why Pablo Escobar?
Well, the comparison has been sparked by a series of now viral photos of Cruz attempting to return to the US. Photos of the Senator at Cancun International Airport prior to boarding his plane back to the US have netizens convinced that there is an "uncanny resemblance" to the drug lord.
Others apparently see a startling resemblance to the Zodiac Killer. In case you're wondering, this is the pseudonym of a serial killer active in Northern California in the 1960s and 1970s. He murdered five known individuals and was also linked to several cold cases. And apparently, many think Ted Cruz looks like him (or is actually him). In case you're wondering, we're almost certain that Ted Cruz is not the Zodiac Killer. The last known victim was murdered in 1969, a year before the Senator was even born.
But that is neither here nor there. The debate over the identity of the zodiac killer is a debate for another article. In he meantime, take a look at what netizens are saying: