US Senator Ted Cruz has come under heavy public criticism for taking a vacation to Cancun, Mexico amid the deadly deep freeze that hit his home state of Texas.
The Republican Senator was accompanied his family to Cancun after his daughters asked to go on a trip with friends, given that school was cancelled for the week.
“Wanted to be a good dad, I flew down with them,” Cruz said in a statement.
“It was obviously a mistake. In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it,” the 50-year-old Republican told reporters as he returned to Houston amid heavy public criticism on Thursday.
Cruz said he had planned to stay through the weekend, but had second thoughts “almost the moment I sat down on the plane.”
“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” he continued.
“We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”
“I didn’t want all the screaming and yelling about this trip to distract even one moment from the real issues that I think Texans care about, which is keeping all of our families safe,” Cruz said.
That wasn’t the only thing that shocked citizens. A viral image of his pet dog, a poodle named Snowflake was left behind without heat or power.
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The fresh backlash comes as Cruz eyes a second presidential run in 2024. He was already one of the most villain-ized Republicans in Congress, having created adversaries across the political spectrum in a career defined by far-right policies and fights with the establishment.
More recently, he emerged as a leader in former President Donald Trump’s push to overturn the results of the November election.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Texans continued to remain without power and water on the fourth day on Thursday. The authorities ordered residents to boil tap water before drinking the water, after days of record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes.