Speaking on a podcast this week, Sen. Ted Cruz lashed at the neighbors who leaked his wife’s private group chat texts about the family’s trip to Cancun while amid a severe snowstorm that left millions of Texans had no power, heat or water.
“It’s a sign of how ridiculously politicized and nasty and just… Here’s a suggestion: Just don’t be assholes. Just treat each other as human beings. Have some degree, some modicum of respect,” Cruz said on the “Ruthless” podcast.
Last week, Ted Cruz was photographed boarding a flight to Cancun in the midst of one of the most severe winter storms in Texas history.
After receiving widespread criticism for taking a luxury vacation while millions of his constituents were without power in deadly freezing temperature, Cruz returned to the United States and said in a statement that he had just gone down to Mexico to escort his young daughters on a trip they wanted to go on.
Shortly thereafter, texts from Cruz’s wife Heidi Cruz to a neighborhood group chat were leaked to the press, contradicting his statement. The senator’s wife said their house was “freezing” and that the family was skipping town to spend the end of the week and the full weekend at a resort. She even invited other families to go along on the trip.
“I will say Heidi’s pretty pissed at that,” Cruz said on the podcast of the leak. “She actually was over to a neighbor’s house yesterday, sort of walking through.”
The Republican senator said that some of his neighbors are Democrats who put yard signs for his opponent up during his most recent run for re-election. That, Cruz said, was “rude.”
Cruz also defended Texan energy independence, insisting it was a good thing “the feds don’t get to regulate us so well” and saying it kept energy prices down.
He did not go as far as other Texas Republicans to blame the Green New Deal, but while noting that Texas “produces a lot more wind than California does”, Cruz insisted “the wind turbines froze, that was a big problem, the snow and ice on the solar panels dramatically reduced the ability of solar panels to generate electricity”.
"Look, I haven't had this much negative press coverage since Northern California in the 1960s."
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) makes a joke about how he really is the Zodiac Killer. pic.twitter.com/RD0sNCGyPR
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