When it comes to his secret escape to Cancun, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas can't catch a break even from his fellow Republicans.
On a Friday, February 19, episode of The Guy Benson Show radio show, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared and tore into Cruz's likeability among his peers.
If anyone could sympathize with Cruz's position, it's Christie.
In 2017, after closing his state's beaches to the public due to a budgetary issue, Christie was photographed relaxing on a beach with his family.
But Cruz couldn't help but remember how Cruz reacted to that controversy.
He told host Guy Benson:
"I have sympathy for anyone in public life with a family who faces those kind of really difficult decisions on a regular basis, and I faced them a couple of times when I was governor. And I made mistakes at times because I was thinking more like a father than about the full-time job that I had. So I have sympathy in that."
"But I will tell you that it's hard to have sympathy for Ted Cruz, because Ted was right on board making fun of me back in 2017 when I had that incident on the beach."
Chris Christie: "I will tell you that it’s hard to have sympathy for Ted Cruz." “Ted has just not been a very lika… https://t.co/XGRds5jooN— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1613871000.0
The former New Jersey governor hasn't forgotten how Cruz made fun of him for that infamous beach incident in 2017. https://t.co/vDMFg4X1lo— HuffPost (@HuffPost) 1613848581.0
Many on Twitter made the same connection Christie did, comparing Cruz's trip to Cancun to an embarrassing "beach incident."
Playa del Bad Ideas. https://t.co/7EPMS2NFTY— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy) 1613634540.0
@HuffPost https://t.co/o2wT047dQc— 𝙹𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚘𝚐𝚊𝚕 ✍🏻 📰 📻 💻 🏡 😷 (@𝙹𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚘𝚐𝚊𝚕 ✍🏻 📰 📻 💻 🏡 😷) 1613857115.0
Christie went on to describe Cruz as unlikeable, saying:
"Ted has just not been a very likable guy."
"He's taken every chance he can to take shots at people on both sides of the aisle over the course of his career. So ... when you decide that's what you want to do, especially on personal matters, there's not going to be a ton of people running to your defense."
This morning while I was shoveling snow and thinking about Ted Cruz leaving Texas in the midst of a statewide crisi… https://t.co/8bUwu9E4s2— Kyle Scripko (@Kyle Scripko) 1613694597.0
@HuffPost https://t.co/RDFAgtX9rf— Petró-Chico (@Petró-Chico) 1613850299.0
@JonLemire It's like he wants to remind us why everyone hates him.— generationxx (@generationxx) 1613668079.0
The internet was also eager to remind Christie he wasn't a lot better than Cruz in their eyes.
@HuffPost You're not likable either beach boy!— Leah Hicks (@Leah Hicks) 1613849139.0
@JonLemire @chrislhayes Cruz to Christie: Go back to the beach. Also Cruz: Can’t be bothered with this energy cris… https://t.co/weZxGkwJVz— Troy Ruby (@Troy Ruby) 1613670721.0
@JonLemire Looks like Cruz took his 2012 advice to Chris Christie and went “back to the beach”.— Nancy K (@Nancy K) 1613671074.0
Cruz and Christie are both former Republican presidential candidates, but it's hard to imagine either of them making a serious run for national office in the wake of their respective scandals.
@JonLemire A pot and a kettle on that beautiful beach, sad— StupidPrizes (@StupidPrizes) 1613680751.0
Chris Christie: I shut down a beach and then spent a holiday weekend hanging out on it with my family. Everyone hat… https://t.co/uNAJjpSazQ— Lyfe of Dad 🇳🇿 (@Lyfe of Dad 🇳🇿) 1613677383.0
Ted Cruz and Chris Christie are basically the same person to me— ayerrrrr (@ayerrrrr) 1613688783.0
Perhaps if Ted Cruz had been nicer to Chris Christie in 2017, he'd have a defender now.
But, sadly, Ted Cruz's friends are pretty sparse even in the GOP.