Sen. Ted Cruz provided a new response to the criticism and backlash following his trip to Cancun, Mexico, final week throughout Texas’ energy disaster.
Cruz, a Texas Republican, stated on Josh Holmes’ Ruthless podcast launched on Tuesday that his spouse Heidi Cruz is “pretty pissed” in regards to the texts leaked to The New York Times in regards to the Cancun trip.
“Here’s a suggestion just don’t be a——s. Yeah, like just you know treat each other as human beings have some degree, some modicum of respect,” Ted Cruz stated.
Ted Cruz additionally stated: “Look, I haven’t had this much negative press coverage since Northern California in the 1960s,” referring to the serial killer known as “The Zodiac Killer,” whom Cruz has jokingly been in comparison with previously.
He added that “we have a number of Republicans who are neighbors but we also have a lot of Democrats, folks on our streets who put up Beto signs, which I thought was a little rude.”
Photos of Ted Cruz and his spouse boarding the flight to Cancun rapidly circulated social media final week and resulted in fierce criticism. At the time, Texas was experiencing its worst blackout in decades after a lethal winter storm left thousands and thousands in freezing temperatures with out energy.
At first, Ted Cruz said in a statement that he was accompanying his daughters to Cancun for a brief trip with pals, and that he was “wanting to be a good dad.”
The leaked textual content messages from Heidi Cruz to her neighbors and pals on Wednesday Feb. 17 confirmed a quickly-planned trip to Cancun scheduled for till Sunday. Heidi Cruz stated that their home was “FREEZING” and that their household “couldn’t stand it anymore.” She invited others to hitch them at Cancun’s Ritz-Carlton, the place she stated they stayed “many times” with room costs at $309 per evening.
Ted Cruz later said that the trip was “obviously a mistake” after returning house to Houston on Thursday, The Associated Press reported.
“I didn’t want all the screaming and yelling about this trip to distract even one moment from the real issues that I think Texans care about, which is keeping all of our families safe,” he stated. “In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it.”
Ted Cruz has faced calls to resign from state political leaders and protesters.
“Ted Cruz jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold isn’t surprising but it is deeply disturbing and disappointing,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa stated, based on the Texas Tribune. “Now, he is proving to be an enemy to our state by abandoning us in our greatest time of need. For the 21st time, the Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office.”
In response to the backlash, Ted Cruz told ABC13: “Let’s be very clear, the angry haters screaming resign, we’re at a very divided place in our country, where people are screaming vitriol and hate, and I think that is a very sad sign of where we are.”
Donald Trump Jr. got here to Ted Cruz’s protection on Twitter, writing: “The hypocrisy of those trying to cancel Ted Cruz who have been totally silent on their Democrat Governor’s incompetence is telling.”
Around 8.6 million Texans had been nonetheless dealing with water disruptions as of Monday evening, CNN reported, citing Gary Rasp, media specialist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Rasp stated greater than 1,200 public water methods have been impacted and that methods that serve “just under” 120,000 individuals nonetheless aren’t working.
As of Tuesday morning, there have been nonetheless more than 9,800 power outages in Texas, based on PowerOutage.us, which tracks outages nationwide.