We don’t take political sides here, but as a human, Ted Cruz certainly looked like a fool after leaving a frozen, snowy Texas for Cancun, Mexico.
Cruz is now back in the state of Texas after flying to Mexico — for one day.
Sen. Ted Cruz said that flying to Cancun, Mexico, as a winter disaster in his home state left millions without power or water “was obviously a mistake” and that “in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it.”
Cruz, spoke to reporters after returning to his Houston home Thursday evening from a trip that has earned fierce criticism on social media and in his own backyard. In a statement that had a few interesting excuses – he eventually sort of fessed up to the poor decision.
“I started having second thoughts almost the moment I sat down on the plane, because on the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our kids, take care of our family. That’s something Texans have been doing across the state,” said Cruz, who had said in an earlier statement that he flew to Mexico because his daughters had asked to take a trip and he was trying to be a “good dad.“
“But I also have a responsibility that I take very seriously for the state of Texas and frankly, leaving when so many Texans were hurting didn’t feel right and so I changed my return flight and flew back on the first available flight I could take,” Cruz continued.
While protesters filled the street outside his home, Cruz said he understands the anger many Texans feel toward his decision.
“Of course, I understand why people are upset. Listen, we’re in a strange time where Twitter’s been going crazy and the media is going crazy and there’s a lot of venom and vitriol that I think is unfortunate frankly on both sides,” Cruz said. “I think everyone ought to treat each other with respect and decency and try to understand each other more particularly at a time of crisis.“
Cruz had confirmed the trip in a statement to CNN earlier in the day, saying he flew down for a night because his daughters “asked to take a trip with friends.”
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon,” he said in the statement. “My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.
However, that was all a lie, as the New York Times uncovered texts from Cruz’s wife — in a group chat.
The New York Times
reported. She asked friends in a group chat, “Anyone can or want to leave for the week?” the Times reported Thursday.
“We may go to Cancún,” she said, according to the media organization, referencing a “direct flight” and “hotels w capacity. Seriously.”
Their house was “FREEZING,” she said, per the Times, and suggested a trip lasting until Sunday. They had stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancún “many times,” she said, highlighting the hotel’s strong security and rate that week, the Times reported.
A while back, Cruz was quick to poke fun at and criticize the Governor of California, when their state experienced a power grid failure. He also Tweeted back in December, 2020 — about Democratic Official Mayor Adler — criticizing him for taking a private jet to Cabo, Mexico with 8 people, after telling Austin residents to “stay home if you can…this is not the time to relax.”