Orlando ‘not as nice as Cancun’: Ted Cruz jokes about tropical trip during deadly Texas storm

At CPAC, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) joked Friday about his widely criticized trip to Cancun, Mexico that he made during his home state’s deadly winter storm and the power and water crisis it caused last week.

“God bless CPAC,” the Texas Republican said to cheers.

“I’ve gotta say, Orlando is awesome! It’s not as nice as Cancun,” he joked, with laughs and gasps coming from the crowd.

“But it’s nice,” the senator added, laughing a bit himself.

The massive event for American conservatives, whose location was changed from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida due to COVID-19 restrictions, began Friday morning with remarks from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Former President Donald Trump is set to speak on Sunday, the final day of the conference.

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Last week, a massive winter storm struck Texas and left millions without power and drinking water. Over 1.4 million Texans, according to The Texas Tribune, still face water disruptions of some sort as of Wednesday.

Cruz was caught on camera at an airport with his wife and 10- and 12-year-old daughters heading for the Mexican resort town of Cancun, which prompted immediate outrage at the senator for leaving his home state as millions suffered from power and water issues.

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Once information about the trip became public knowledge, facing a storm of his own back home, he cut his trip short the very next day and issued a statement claiming that he was just chaperoning his daughters and their friends on a trip they wanted to the sunny beach town.

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“The greatest state in the greatest country in the world has been without power. We have food lines, gas lines, and people sleeping at the neighbors’ house. Our homes are freezing and our lights are out too. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power, too,” Cruz’s statement read.

“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” the senator added.

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