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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas returned from Cancun Thursday evening to find protesters outside his home demanding his resignation after taking the trip while millions in the state deal with severe winter weather.
Speaking to reporters outside his home, Cruz expressed regret for the trip while the protesters could be heard chanting in the background.
“It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it,” Cruz said, saying that it wasn’t his intention to diminish “the suffering and hardship other Texans had experienced.”
“It was obviously a mistake. In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it.”
Sen. Ted Cruz returned to Texas a day after flying to Mexico with his family as his state reels from a historic storm that has left hundreds of thousands of people without power. https://t.co/7ndXNlccsO pic.twitter.com/GVglObf9tc
— ABC News (@ABC) February 19, 2021
Cruz’s decision to fly to Cancun while millions of people in Texas battled unusual winter storms, power outages, and drinking water shortages was met with swift criticism. He flew out of the country Wednesday evening, returning the following day amid growing outrage.
The senator also reiterated he was trying to be a good dad by getting his two girls out of the cold, and said he had planned to be working remotely while on the trip.
“From the moment I sat on the plane, I began really second-guessing that decision,” Cruz told reporters. He said the outrage over the trip made the decision to come home more compelling.
He also called for a “longer term examination” of what went wrong in Texas.
“Our priority should be fixing this problem, and making sure it doesn’t happen again, and I didn’t want all the screaming and yelling about this trip to distract even one moment from the real issues that I think Texans care about,” Cruz said, as protesters outside his home carried signs that read “RESIGN” and chanted “Ted Cruz has got to go.”
The scene earlier outside the home of Ted Cruz. About a dozen police officers and protestors.
*I’ve deleted my previous tweet and edited the video to remove ID info for the senator’s private home. @HoustonChron pic.twitter.com/9CnG2JXdp3
— Julian Gill (@JulianGillMusic) February 19, 2021
Protesters await Sen. Ted Cruz’s arrival at his Texas home. pic.twitter.com/9eHPlUGBqC
— The Recount (@therecount) February 18, 2021
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