Concerns that California’s energy grid could reach a breaking point have recently increased due to high power demands from those hoping to cool down amid an extreme heat wave. Cruz, speaking during a Wednesday night appearance on Fox News‘ Jesse Watters Primetime, mocked Newsom for wearing a fleece jacket in a video urging Californians to conserve electricity and avoid rolling blackouts by keeping air conditioners at 78 degrees or higher. Cruz also took aim at U.S. climate envoy John Kerry for “lecturing people” on climate change.
“I love that Gavin Newsom was wearing his fleece, obviously in cool air conditioning,” Cruz said. “Saying, ‘let them eat cake, let them sweat—you don’t get air conditioning!’ It’s like John Kerry, who flies his private jet all over the planet lecturing people that you poor gritty working class with dirt under your fingernails: you need to go without an automobile, you need to turn your air conditioner off. In fact, you need to just stay home and eat worms.”