The Republican senator from Texas was caught on a trip to Cancún, Mexico, at a time when many Americans are without water and electricity because of a cold spell.
At a time when millions of Texans are trying, as they can, to face the cold spell that is plaguing the United States (there are already at least 30 deaths to mourn), the Republican senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, was caught at the airport this Wednesday, boarding a flight bound for Cancún, Mexico.
The photographs of the senator, accompanied by his family, caused outrage on social media and the episode did not go unnoticed not only by the Democratic opposition, but also by figures from his party.
The next day, back at his home in Houston, the senator spoke to journalists, having admitted that the trip “It was obviously a mistake” and that, “on second thought, I shouldn’t have done it”. At his door, a group of protesters demanded his resignation. And the reason given by the Republican to justify his departure – “to be a good father” – only seemed to aggravate the scenario even more.
“I started having doubts almost the moment I sat on the plane because, on the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our children, take care of our family. It’s something that Texans have been doing across the state, ”said Cruz, quoted by the television network CNN.
“But I also have a responsibility that I take very seriously for the state of Texas and, frankly, leaving when so many Texans were suffering did not seem right, so I changed my return flight and returned on the first available flight,” he added.
In a previous statement, the politician had already stated that he only flew to Mexico to be able to accompany his daughters, who had asked him to “take a trip with friends”.
“As classes were canceled during the week, our daughters asked us to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good father, I flew with them, last night, and I’ll be back this afternoon, ”the note could read.
However, the newspaper New York Times he had access to messages sent by his wife, Heidi, who paint a very different picture, in which he asks in a private conversation with a group of friends if “someone wants or can go out for a week”, because the house where they live is “frozen” .
“We can go to Cancun”, will have said in another message, referring to a “direct flight” and “hotels with availability”, and suggesting that the trip would last until Sunday.
Heidi will also have recalled that the family has stayed “many times” at the Ritz-Carlton, in Cancún, and pointed out that the resort had excellent security and was priced very well that week.
According to the New York newspaper, the decision to go to the heat of Mexico, when many Texans are without electricity and water at home, may have cost him the success of his political ambitions. Ted Cruz has run for president once and he almost certainly wants to do it again in 2024, or after that.
Filipa Mesquita, ZAP //