Republican Senator Ted Cruz ripped the anonymous source who leaked his wife’s texts about his trip to Cancun to the New York Times during an appearance on the podcast “Ruthless.”
The remarks came in response to the criticism Cruz received after he took his family to Cancun, as a winter storm and blackouts ravaged his home state of Texas.
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Initially, Cruz was hit hard by a fierce backlash from Democrats and Republicans, which got even worse when two unnamed sources leaked the texts of his wife to the New York Times.
“Yeah, I’m going to say that Heidi is pretty angry about that,” said Cruz. It’s a symbol of how ridiculously politicised and ugly and really, you know, here’s a suggestion: just don’t be a void. Treat each other as beings of humanity. Have a certain degree, a certain modicum of respect.
Heidi Cruz encouraged her neighbors last week to visit her family in Cancun at a resort they had “many times” stayed at.
“The New York Times reports on the matter: “On Wednesday, text messages sent from Ms. Cruz to friends and neighbors from Houston exposed a hastily arranged ride. As Ms. Cruz put it, their house was “FREEZING” and she offered a getaway until Sunday.
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Ms. Cruz invited others to join them at Cancún’s Ritz-Carlton, where they had stayed “many times,” noting this week’s room price ($309 per night) and its good security. The text messages were sent to The New York Times and verified by a second person on the thread who, because of the private nature of the texts, refused to be named.
Cruz acknowledged that the trip was a “mistake” after receiving harsh criticism and he returned on Thursday to Texas.
Cruz discussed the backlash with reporters outside his home after catching a flight back to Houston on Thursday.
“We left yesterday, the plan was to stay with the family through the weekend,” he said, referring to how “a lot of people have been tough on” the last week and recounting how since they lost power his family had been reduced to clustering around the fireplace.
Cruz clarified that when his daughters found out that school had been cancelled for the week, they proposed taking a holiday. “They said, ‘Look, why are we not going on a trip? Let’s go somewhere that isn’t so cold.”
However, Cruz acknowledged that his reservations about taking a vacation started immediately. He said, “I have to admit, I began to have second thoughts almost the moment I sat down on the plane.” Because, on the one hand, those of us who are parents have an obligation to look after our children, to take care of our families. That is something Texans around the state have been doing.