A Ted Cruz piñata brings smiles —and sales — to a Texas party store owner

'I’m always looking for something positive out of negative things so that we can all get a laugh out of it,' says Latino business owner Carlos De La Fuente, who created the item at his Dallas store.

2/24/2021 8:36:00 PM

'I’m always looking for something positive out of negative things so that we can all get a laugh out of it,' says Latino business owner Carlos De La Fuente, who created the item at his Dallas store. - NBCLatino

'I’m always looking for something positive out of negative things so that we can all get a laugh out of it,' says Latino business owner Carlos De La Fuente, who created the item at his Dallas store.

In the photo, Cruz sported a mask with the Texas flag as he rolled his suitcase.The store created the unique design as the storm forced it to close for six days starting Feb. 13.“That’s the reason that I’ve gotten creative and made some piñatas, so that people can come and support,” De La Fuente told NBC News. “I’m always looking for something positive out of negative things so that we can all get a laugh out of it.”

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Carlos De La Fuente created a pinata of Sen. Ted Cruz after he was spotted heading to Cancun while Texas struggled with extreme temperatures.Courtesy Carlos De La FuenteCruz's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The 3 1/2 foot piñata sells for $100 and though they are only sold at the store, it has already led to around $2,000 in sales as of Tuesday.

As for the papier-mâché creations they make themselves, this isn’t the first time the store has highlighted a politician.The store made piñatas of Sen. Bernie Sanders’inauguration memethat went viral across social media and of former President Donald Trump. headtopics.com

“I’m always keeping up with news trends and what’s going on in the world, both positive and negative,” he said.De La Fuente, who is from the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, says it's been a spot of good news amid the weather emergency's setbacks. The store had counted on the sale of fresh roses for Valentine's Day, and they couldn't sell a single one as residents wrestled with the disastrous cold snap.

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