Sen. Ted Cruz flies home after furor over Cancun journey during Texas

“Flyin’ “Ted Cruz has landed. Cruz, the Republican politician senator from Texas, sparked outrage on Thursday for flying from Houston to Cancun, Mexico, for a household vacation even as countless his fellow Texans froze due to the fact that of a substantial winter storm and prevalent power interruptions. Thousands of Twitter posts blasted Cruz for the ill-timed jaunt after pictures flowed online of him at a Houston airport and after that onboard an aircraft Wednesday afternoon. The Texas Democratic Party, to name a few, demanded that Cruz resign from the Senate.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) brings his luggage at the Cancun International Airport prior to boarding his plane back to the U.S., in Cancun, Mexico February 18, 2021. Stringer|Reuters

After hours of the senator’s staff declining to verify his location, Cruz lastly copped to being in Cancun, where temperatures remained in the mid-80s. He later informed press reporters that he had “doubts” about leaving the state the moment he sat down in the airplane in Houston on Wednesday. He stated that his 2 daughters, who are 12 and ten years old, had actually asked him and his partner to take them to Mexico after the Cruz family themselves lost electrical power.

Images purportedly showing Ted Cruz board a United Airlines Flight to Cancun, Mexico from Houston, TX. Source: McBride through Twitter

” It was certainly a mistake and in hindsight, I would not have actually done it,” Cruz informed reporters after flying back by himself from Cancun to Houston, where the temperatures were simply above freezing. “I was attempting to be a papa.” Cruz likewise said,” Naturally I comprehend why people are upset.” “Listen, we’re in a strange time where Twitter’s been going bananas and the media is going bananas and there’s a great deal of venom and vitriol that I think is unfortunate frankly on both sides I believe everybody should treat each other with regard and decency and try to comprehend each other more especially in a time of crisis,” he included.

Cruz stated that his initial “plan had actually been to remain the weekend with the household.” He stated the past year had been difficult on his children, as on other Americans, and that it got harder previously in the week when the household lost power after opening their home to some good friends who had formerly lost electrical power in their own houses. “The power headed out as soon as we were sitting down to supper,” he stated. “By the second day, we were clustered around the fireplace as the only source of heat,” Cruz said. His children ultimately asked, “How about we travel? Let’s go somewhere where it’s not so cold,” Cruz recounted. “We were attempting to be great moms and dads,” he included. Cruz stated, “I began having doubts” about the trip “almost the minute I muffled the plane.” “Due to the fact that on the one hand everyone who are moms and dads have an obligation to take care of our kids, look after our households, that’s something Texans have actually been doing throughout the state,” Cruz said. But I likewise have an obligation that I take extremely seriously of fighting for the state of Texas. And, frankly, leaving when numerous Texans were harming didn’t feel right. And so I altered my return flight, and I flew back on the very first readily available flight.” Cruz stated, “It had actually been my intention to be able to work remotely to be on the phone to be on web to be on zoom to be engaged, but I needed to be here.” “And that’s why I returned, and after that as it ended up being a bigger and larger firestorm … it ended up being more all the more compelling that I needed to come back since our priority must be fixing this issue,” he stated. “And I didn’t want all the yelling and yelling about this journey to distract even one minute from the real concerns.” Cruz said he would “continue to work to get the power back on.” “What’s taking place in Texas is inappropriate and a great deal of Texans are injuring,” Cruz said.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to the media at the Cancun International Airport prior to boarding his plane back to the U.S., in Cancun, Mexico February 18, 2021. Stringer|Reuters

Cruz got to the Cancun airport to leave Thursday with a guy using a golf shirt that showed he was a staff member of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cancun. That man accompanied Cruz as he headed to his departure gate. The Ritz-Carlton’s website keeps in mind that it is “a first-class, oceanfront retreat in the heart of Cancun.” “Perfectly positioned on the Yucatan Peninsula, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun effortlessly fuses seaside high-end with the area’s abundant cultural tradition,” that website says. “Immerse yourself with sensorial experiences that range from cooking lessons to mixology classes by the swimming pool. This luxury hotel likewise provides popular dining, native health club routines and a 27,000-sq-ft conference center.” “Soak up the sun on the very best beach in Mexico,” the site states. Spaces for 4 at the hotel expense a minimum of $410 per night, according to its booking system.

Hotel Ritz Carlton, Cancun Peter Bischoff|Getty Images

Two days before the journey, Cruz retweeted a post from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that said, “Are you looking for a place to stay warm throughout this freezing weather?” The post consisted of links for warming centers in Texas. A source close to Cruz said that the senator, following federal health guidelines, took a Covid-19 test and received an unfavorable result before his scheduled flight back to the United States. In a statement prior to he departed house, Cruz said, “My personnel and I remain in consistent interaction with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what occurred in Texas.” “We desire our power back, our water on, and our houses warm. My group and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”

Images supposedly revealing Ted Cruz with Heidi Cruz (circled around) board a United Airlines Flight to Cancun, Mexico from Houston, TX. Source: McBride via Twitter

A Houston Cops Department spokesman informed NBC News that Cruz’s staff asked the department on Wednesday afternoon to help Cruz in his arrival and motions through George Bush Intercontinental Airport, where there was a set up flight at 4:44 p.m. local time to Cancun. The Dallas Morning News reported that the mask seen on the senator that day was the same one Cruz used during last month’s inauguration of President Joe Biden, and throughout recently’s Senate impeachment trial of previous President Donald Trump. The mask has the image of a black cannon and the words “‘ Come and Take It,’ a design reminiscent of flags utilized by Texans throughout the 1835 transformation versus Mexico– a provocative choice, provided the location,” the newspaper noted.

The Texas Democratic Celebration castigated Cruz in a declaration requiring he resign his seat or be expelled from the Senate. “In the middle of among the worst crises in Texas history, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz jetted off to Cancun, Mexico. His constituents in Texas remain caught in the cold, without clean water, heat, or warm food. 37 of them have passed away,” the celebration said in a statement. “This is what we’ve pertained to anticipate from Texas Republican politician leadership. They are self-serving, inept, corrupt political leaders who think that remaining in office entitles them to do whatever they want.” White Houses press secretary Jen Psaki took a sharp crack at Cruz when inquired about his trip by press reporters at a news conference. “I don’t have any updates on the precise area of Sen. Ted Cruz, nor does anyone at the White House, but our focus is on working directly with management in Texas and the surrounding states on dealing with the winter storm and the crisis at hand,” Psaki said. “We anticipate that would be the focus of anybody in the state, or surrounding states, who was chosen to represent them,” she added. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who lost a close Senate election to Cruz in 2018, during an interview Thursday on MSNBC’s “Early morning Joe” kept in mind that Cruz “is vacationing in Cancun right now when individuals are actually freezing to death in the state that he was chosen to represent and serve.”

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