Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was ridiculed online after a family “friend” leaked text messages about his “hastily planned” trip to Cancun, Mexico, to The New York Times.
Cruz rushed back to Texas on Thursday a day after he was caught fleeing his storm-ravaged state as millions of his fellow residents were left without power and clean water amid freezing temperatures.
“Text messages sent from Ms. Cruz to friends and Houston neighbors on Wednesday revealed a hastily planned trip. Their house was ‘FREEZING,’ as Ms. Cruz put it — and she proposed a getaway until Sunday. Ms. Cruz invited others to join them at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancún, where they had stayed “many times,” noting the room price this week ($309 per night) and its good security. The text messages were provided to The New York Times and confirmed by a second person on the thread, who declined to be identified because of the private nature of the texts,” the newspaper reported.
“For more than 12 hours after the airport departure photos first emerged, Mr. Cruz’s office declined to comment on his whereabouts. The Houston police confirmed that the senator’s office had sought their assistance for his airport trip on Wednesday, and eventually Mr. Cruz was spotted wheeling his suitcase in Mexico on Thursday as he returned to the state he represents in the Senate,” the newspaper noted. “As the Cruzes were away, millions of Texans were still without electricity, many had no running water and the icy air that swept into the state was so severe that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been activated to send supplies, including generators.”
Here’s how Twitter users responded to the leaked text messages:
So the NYT got the Cancun group text from Cruz’s friends, proving once and for all that he has none. https://t.co/EeQKfoECjr
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) February 18, 2021
Can Ted Cruz please stop piling lies upon lies for one half of a split goddamn second
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) February 18, 2021
I'm not saying Ted and Heidi Cruz are despised by the people in their innermost circle, but imagine thinking you're close enough friends with someone to go to Mexico with them for a week and then they immediately show your texts to the New York Times. https://t.co/fkjlIhDLqb
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) February 18, 2021
Only someone as terrible as Ted Cruz would:
1. Go to Cancun.
2. Lie and blame it on his children.
3. Be outed by his friends sharing texts with the media.https://t.co/xBIo7VtzEX
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) February 18, 2021
— KB (@KaraRBrown) February 18, 2021
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) February 18, 2021