Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) threw his daughters under the bus after he was caught flying to Cancun as Texans suffered through a power outage during extreme winter weather, and his blame-shifting didn't go over well.
The Texas Republican flew home from Mexico hours after accompanying his wife and daughters -- ages 12 and 10 -- to the vacation destination, which he insisted was the girls' idea after the power outage shut down their school.
"With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends," the senator said in a statement. "Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon."
The excuse was met with scorn and ridicule.
well I sure have egg on my face about this Ted Cruz thing. turns out it’s his awful daughters’ fault. it’s time to hold them accountable— Ape’s Delight (@Ape’s Delight) 1613674530.0
Someone on here predicted Ted Cruz would blame his family. Give that person their award. https://t.co/8YT5EJ4EKQ
— Midwin Charles, Esq. (@MidwinCharles) February 18, 2021
Blaming your daughters is just next level. You gotta just tip your cap. You may not like it, but this is what peak performance looks like.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 18, 2021
who among us doesn't immediately blame our kids when we get roasted for a bad decision
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) February 18, 2021
My kids wanted to take a trip to somewhere warm too while we were sitting in the dark freezing....but when I called the Houston Police Department to help me arrange transport to the airport on icy roads with no traffic lights they said I was insane.
— 4BetterDays🌱🛹 (@4_odays) February 18, 2021
Lyin', flyin' Ted. He wasn't originally planning to return so soon.https://t.co/X5asJoZyuZ
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) February 18, 2021
I am trying to imagine the kind of hell that'd be rained down upon me if I tried to throw my kids under the bus for my fuckup.
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) February 18, 2021
People making fun of a guy genuinely “wanting to be a good dad" after growing up with a father who killed JFK is exactly why I hate this hellsite https://t.co/LtDWNY7tpH
— Isaac Chotiner (@IChotiner) February 18, 2021
literally no time elapsed between Cruz's laughably absurd statement and the debunking of Cruz's laughably absurd statement https://t.co/e8HfbieIUN
— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 18, 2021
Ted Cruz had a huge container of luggage for each hour he planned to stay in Mexico pic.twitter.com/WL1Drp2vpW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 18, 2021
It took Ted Cruz 24 hours to come up with that explanation? My 11-year-old daughter comes up with better BS thinking on her feet.
— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) February 18, 2021
What kind of coward blames his kids? THIS guy! https://t.co/XTZ5JzKUD5
— Graeme #14a Zielinski (@gjzielinski) February 18, 2021
come on everyone this is entirely reasonable ted cruz just needed to test the pina coladas to make sure antifa didn't poison them https://t.co/e3lmdkGdFG
— jordan (@JordanUhl) February 18, 2021
If I was "a good dad," wouldn't I *stay* in some vacation spot with them after escorting them there?
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) February 18, 2021