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Analysis: Ted Cruz's explanation for his Cancun trip made things worse

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

Compression ratio: 51%. 2 min read.

Look, it's bad enough to leave the country for a resort town when a) you're a United States senator and b) your state is dealing with widespread power outages and frigid temperatures. It's worse when you blame your kids for your decision to leave.

Here's Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) doing exactly that in trying to explain away his brief trip to Cancun amid Texas' ongoing weather and power emergency:

Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. "

1. That Cruz only went on the trip to "be a good dad. "

2. He was only going down to Cancun for a day and would be flying back to Texas soon.

Cruz doesn't say specifically that he had always planned to accompany his family down to Cancun and then immediately turn around and fly back.

But it is heavily implied when he says this: "Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. "

Except we know that Cruz changed plans after the firestorm over him leaving Texas amid a power disaster began.

"I had initially planned to stay through the weekend and to work remotely there, but as I -- as I was heading down there, you know, I started to have second thoughts almost immediately because the crisis here in Texas, you need to be here on the ground. "

Cruz's daughters are close in age to my own kids.

But when you work in certain fields, it's understood -- by your family especially -- that there are going to be times when you are simply not going to be part of family activities (including vacations).

For Cruz, it's times like the one playing out in Texas over the last week.

And Cruz, who has been in the Senate for nearly a decade, gets that.

If Cruz wanted a job where he could pop off to Cancun when there was a power crisis in Texas, he could have joined some fancy law firm (and he would have been welcomed with open arms!).

Cruz knows better.

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