Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said his wife Heidi is “pretty p—ed” after someone apparently leaked her texts with neighbors inviting them to escape to Mexico amid a harsh winter storm in Texas earlier in February.
“I will say, Heidi’s pretty p—ed at that,” Cruz said on the “Ruthless” podcast. “She texted several of our neighbors. Now look, our neighbors, we’ve got a number of Republicans who are our neighbors, but we also have a number of Democrats.”
“It’s a sign of how ridiculously politicized and nasty — here’s a suggestion, just don’t be a–holes. Treat each other as human beings,” he continued.
Cruz landed in hot water after pictures emerged on social media showing him and his family flying to Mexico for vacation. Cruz flew back immediately to Houston the next day amid the backlash. He later said it was a mistake.
Then a couple of days later, leaked texts revealed Heidi discussing freezing conditions in Texas and inviting neighbors on a trip to a resort in Cancun, Mexico.
In the texts obtained by the New York Times, Heidi Cruz reportedly told neighbors on a group thread Wednesday that her home was “FREEZING.” She invited neighbors to join the Cruz family on a trip to the Ritz-Carlton resort in Cancun, adding that they had stayed there “many times.”
Cruz also pushed back against reports that the family dog, Snowflake, was in any danger when the family left town.
“I spend too much time on Twitter, so I’ve seen apparently I literally fed Snowflake to the wolves,” Cruz said. “Of all the ridiculous stories, look, I love Snowflake. He was home with a dogsitter, and actually, the heat and power was back on. This reporter went to our house and took a picture of Snowflake looking out the front door, which he does most days.”
Cruz said there will be “some very real questions” after the Texas power grid failed.
“I think a lot of Texans are rightly p—ed off,” he said. “We’re the energy capital of the world, and we couldn’t keep our friggin’ lights on or our heat on, and that’s infuriating. So there are going to be some very real questions about why the grid wasn’t prepared to handle this.”