Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has but once more addressed the controversy surrounding him flying to Mexico whereas a extreme winter storm left hundreds of thousands of his constituents with out energy, saying his spouse was “pretty pissed” that her texts about trip-planning had been leaked and that folks ought to “treat each other as human beings.”
Texts obtained final week by The New York Times present the senator’s spouse, Heidi Cruz, messaged a gaggle of associates, together with some neighbors, as freezing climate took over Texas. “Anyone can or want to leave for the week?” she requested, including, “We may go to Cancún.”
Cruz advised the “Ruthless” podcast this week that somebody leaking the texts was “a sign of how ridiculously politicized and nasty” the present political local weather may be. He famous that he has each Republican and Democratic neighbors.
“Heidi’s pretty pissed” in regards to the textual content leak, he mentioned.
“You know, here’s a suggestion: Just don’t be assholes,” Cruz added. “Just treat each other as human beings. Have some degree, some modicum of respect.”
Cruz was seen on a United flight to Cancun final Wednesday night time, as hundreds of thousands of individuals in his state had no warmth, electrical energy or operating water within the wake of the storm. After backlash on social media, he flew again to Texas the next morning.
In an announcement issued early Thursday afternoon, Cruz denied that he was going to Cancun for a trip and blamed his daughters for the journey.
“Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power, too,” he mentioned, including that he and his spouse determined to permit their daughters 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 mentioned.
Cruz later admitted that he had initially supposed to stick with his household “through the weekend” however finally modified the flight residence after seeing the widespread criticism.
Cruz advised Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday that he thinks the media is overlaying his journey to Cancun as a result of they’re “suffering from Trump withdrawal.”
“Where they’ve attacked Trump every day for four years, they don’t know what to do so they obsess over my taking my girls to the beach,” he mentioned.
Since returning to Texas from Mexico, Cruz has helped some constituents affected by the storm. However, his work has paled compared to that of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). She flew to Texas over the weekend to assist folks there, and he or she created a fundraiser for aid efforts that has thus far introduced in additional than $5 million.
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