Just days after Sen. Ted Cruz ditched Texas during a deadly winter storm for the sandy beaches of Cancun, Mexico, the Republican made light of the scandal while also warming up the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando with a transphobic joke.
“I gotta say, Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun, but it’s nice,” Cruz joked during his bizarre speech, titled “Bill of Rights, Liberty, and Cancel Culture.”
The joke comes as Texas is still reeling from the unprecedented storm that left millions of residents without power and water for days and killed at least 30 people.
“I gotta say, Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun…” says Ted Cruz, joking about that time he abandoned his state so that he could stay at the Ritz Carlton while a number of Texans froze to death.pic.twitter.com/KNvTSVGiEk
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Cruz then insisted that people should “lighten up”—before making a transphobic joke about a New York Times story that said 60 percent of women named Karen voted for Biden.
“You know, in 2020, the New York Times reported that 60% of women named Karen voted for Joe Biden,” he said later. “That’s actually real! That’s what the New York Times reported.”
“And I’m willing to believe that 80% of the men named Karen voted for Joe Biden.” he said as the crowd burst into applause and cheers.
As Cruz wrapped up his speech, he insisted that his close ally, former President Donald Trump, would make a valiant return.
“Let me tell you this right now, Donald J Trump ain’t going anywhere,” he said.
Before walking off the stage, Cruz yelled: “FREEDOM!”
When the gate attendant says “Hope you enjoyed your stay in Cancun” pic.twitter.com/HgQHm4TDbV
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may have been vilified by Republicans and Democrats for trying to sneak off to Cancun, Mexico while his constituents suffered through an extreme winter storm without electricity or water, and his halfhearted apology has been belied by his fiery remarks that it was all just a media frenzy.
He’s so unapologetic for abandoning voters during the state’s biggest weather crisis in decades that he opened his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with a joke about it. And he tried to continue his “comedy” routine with jokes about transgender women.