Proud Texan Kacey Musgraves trolls Ted Cruz — and helps Texas — with new shirt

Kacey Musgraves posing in a baby blue dress and cowboy hat
Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves is selling a T-shirt mocking Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Country musician and proud Texan Kacey Musgraves is selling new merchandise benefiting residents of her home state — and mercilessly trolling Ted Cruz.

The latest product for sale on the “Golden Hour” artist’s website is a simple, black-and-white T-shirt that reads, “Cruzin’ for a Bruzin’” — a clear dig at the Texas senator, who came under fire this week for traveling to Cancun, Mexico, with his family as a deadly winter storm ravaged the state.

Priced at $29.99, proceeds from the unisex zinger of a ringer tee will be donated to various organizations providing aid to Texans affected by extremely cold temperatures, prolonged power outages and water shortages that have plagued the Lone Star state for several days.


The anti-Cruz shirt will be available to purchase through Sunday, with proceeds supporting Feed the People Dallas, Casa Marianella and the American Red Cross of Central and South Texas.

“No actual bruisings plz,” reads the product description, while Musgraves launched a “Petition for @tedcruz to retweet” a link to the item and announced on Twitter that she was “halfway to raising $100k for Texas.”

“Texas is cold, I can be cold,” Musgraves tweeted upon unveiling her newest merch, riffing on a lyric from her song “Slow Burn.”

Musgraves is just one of several celebrities who have recently mocked Cruz after the politician and his family were caught boarding a plane Wednesday to Cancun for a stay at a luxury resort while Texas was in crisis. Cruz has claimed he was merely escorting his daughters to their destination and planned to come home immediately. Upon returning Thursday, Cruz said his family trip was “obviously a mistake.”

Fleeing to Mexico while his constituents are in crisis places Sen. Ted Cruz squarely in the ranks of cowardly big-screen bad guys.

Feb. 18, 2021

Other entertainment figures who have condemned Cruz include Trevor Noah, Billy Eichner, Padma Lakshmi, George Takei, Roxane Gay and Seth Rogen, who has engaged in multiple social media spats with the lawmaker in the past.

See more celebrity reactions to Cruz’s #CancunGate below.