Speaking candidly about the fallout of his controversial trip to Mexico last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said his wife is “pretty p-ssed” that her texts planning the vacation in a group chat with neighbors and friends were leaked to The New York Times, labeling those responsible as “a—holes.”
“I will say, Heidi’s pretty p-ssed about that,” Cruz said on an episode of “Ruthless,” a conservative podcast, released Tuesday morning, adding: “She was actually over at our neighbor’s house yesterday sort of walking through [it].”
Cruz didn’t say whether they’ve identified who leaked the texts—which showed his wife proposing a vacation to escape a “FREEZING” house amid Texas’ widespread power outages—but labeled the incident a sign of “how ridiculously politicized and nasty” people can get.
Cruz chided the media’s coverage of the incident and the person responsible for leaking the texts, but didn’t address his own decision to go to Cancún, which he has previously labeled “a mistake.”
“Here’s a suggestion: Just don’t be a—holes,” said Cruz of the neighbor or friend that leaked the texts, continuing: “Have some modicum of respect.”
Cruz is still battling backlash after he was caught flying to Cancún, Mexico on Wednesday, while millions of Texas residents suffered amid widespread power outages and record low temperatures. The Texas senator initially explained the vacation as requested by his children, though the text messages obtained by The New York Times showed Heidi Cruz asking neighbors and friends whether they wanted to join them at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancún, saying their house was “FREEZING” after they lost power. Cruz has since said he regrets the trip, from which he returned the next day. “It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it,” Cruz told ABC News on Thursday.
“Ted Cruz’s Trip to Cancún Draws Fire Amid Texas’ Deep Freeze” (The New York Times)