Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has been the target of Twitter's criticism for several days now, ever since he was spotted fleeing his state in the midst of a winter storm emergency to go on a vacation to Cancun.
With unusually low temperatures causing power outages across huge swaths of Texas, as well as water and gas shortages, President Biden declared a state of emergency for the state. It was at this moment that Cruz decided to jump ship and go somewhere warmer for a while.
After pictures of him boarding a plane to Cancun went viral, Cruz reportedly booked a return flight and returned to America the next morning, claiming this was always his intention.
Cruz also claimed that the trip was only happening because his children were cold and he just wanted to be a good dad.
But newly leaked images of Heidi Cruz's group chat with her friends seem to undercut Cruz's explanations, suggesting the vacation was supposed to last longer for the Senator and had little to do with his children.
Oh my. @American_Bridge has texts from Heidi Cruz planning the Cancun trip. The group chats are not safe, Lovelie… https://t.co/LxKzZCqS8s— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan) 1613692145.0
Well, THIS is embarrassing: Reporter reveals Heidi Cruz's personal texts before her husband Ted’s trip to Cancun https://t.co/3e7IRc4SJi— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸) 1613727381.0
One last thought after another look at Heidi Cruz's group texts - she DID mention her house was freezing and that s… https://t.co/lYRlvKBVI6— Janice Hough (@Janice Hough) 1613725745.0
Many online praised whichever one of Heidi Cruz's friends leaked the images.
The Cruz group chat leaker is an American hero.— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivia Nuzzi) 1613692082.0
Thanks to whoever leaked the Heidi Cruz group chat text messages to the press. You didn’t need her as a friend anyway. 🙃— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila) 1613710691.0
Well Jonathan, you said I was crazy for joining that neighborhood group text four years ago. But I knew- I just kne… https://t.co/ZWjyNd9cfl— Carrie McCrossen (@Carrie McCrossen) 1613705837.0
In the chat, Heidi Cruz, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, wrote:
"Anyone can or want to leave for the week? We may go to Cancún."
Her offer didn't appear to have any takers.
I need the FULL Heidi Cruz group text transcripts. I need to know how hard this actually bombed. https://t.co/FybCD5KDTN— Emily Heller (@Emily Heller) 1613707073.0
Ted Cruz said he went to Cancun for his kids. Trying to be a "good dad". Yet Heidi Cruz sent group texts to friends… https://t.co/rZUPQLMd1X— 🖤🦋Rowan Moon🦋🖤 (@🖤🦋Rowan Moon🦋🖤) 1613736140.0
Shout-out to Heidi Cruz’s group text because now mine is sending messages with “(this is a secret)” appended to them— Jessica Roy 🦅 (@Jessica Roy 🦅) 1613710241.0
These text messages made many think Senator Cruz was exaggerating the truth when he threw his daughters under the bus to the press.
Have we gotten to the part where Glenn Greenwald goes on an indignant rant about liberals violating the sanctity of… https://t.co/BEwnRmgpoQ— Syndicalist Weedle Collective (@Syndicalist Weedle Collective) 1613739499.0
Rough day for Heidi Cruz. Not only did one of her friends leak her text messages, but on top of it all she’s married to Ted.— Dinah (@Dinah) 1613741794.0
Some suspected Heidi Cruz herself was responsible for the leak after her daughters were maligned by her husband.
Heidi Cruz in Cancun pretending to be shocked after leaking the group texts. https://t.co/itavzCLKbN— SD (@SD) 1613739636.0
The best thing about the leaking of Heidi Cruz’s texts is that it further confirms that even Ted and Heidi Cruz’s friends hate them— Ben Schrager (@Ben Schrager) 1613715140.0
I want to see the text messages as the Cruz’s try to figure out which one of their frenemies ratted them out 😂— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa) 1613705374.0
Cruz's trip to Cancun was a political disaster, with Democratic politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Beto O'Rourke of Texas both appearing to do more to help the state while Cruz ran away to Mexico.