Sen. Ted Cruz is beneath hearth for taking a flight to the resort city of Cancun, Mexico, on Feb. 17, 2021, as his residence state of Texas underwent extreme winter storms. Cruz returned the following day, saying the journey was “obviously a mistake.” Meanwhile, a whole lot of hundreds of individuals misplaced access to warmth and electrical energy, and hundreds of thousands had been pressured to boil their very own faucet water earlier than consuming it due to broken infrastructure.
As a consequence, a screenshot of a tweet claiming to be from his Twitter account started circulating on the web, in which Cruz allegedly mentioned, “I’ll believe in climate change when Texas freezes over.” The tweet seemed to be from Sept. 8, 2016.
We regarded via Cruz’ Twitter historical past, and there’s no document of him having tweeted this, even in archived versions of his web page from Sept. 2016. A have a look at ProPublica’s deleted tweets archive additionally confirmed no outcomes from that date. He was additionally by no means quoted saying this publicly primarily based on on-line searches.
Other memes emerged quoting Cruz, with out attributing the tweets as properly. This specific meme mentioned “Satire” on the underside proper.
The actual origin of the quote is unclear, however we discovered the identical quote on a web site referred to as Tjshome.com on a web page stating, “Funny Status Messages and Tweets.” This specific quote was added to the listing on Feb. 18, 2021, in the midst of the ability disaster in Texas. Others on the web page seemed to be one-line jokes.
Given that the quote was not tweeted from Ted Cruz’ account, and there’s no document of him saying this, we fee this declare as “Unproven.”