When Ted Cruz inevitably runs for president again, his now-infamous attempt to sneak away for a vacation to Cancun while his home state of Texas was suffering from deadly winter storms and mass power outages will be perhaps the biggest albatross hanging around his neck.
Cruz, for all of his monumental flaws—his complete lack of anything even vaguely resembling a moral spine chief amongst them—is not a stupid man and recognizes the hurdle that his Cancun trip presents for his path to the White House. He has yet to devise a successful way to redefine his odious actions into something more palatable to voters but today he took a shot at it.
The senator, a man who is far too active on social media for an elected politician trusted with doing the work of his constituents, took to Twitter and made a poorly calculated attempt to poke fun at his Cancun scandal. He quote tweeted an article from ABC13 Houston about cheap flights to “sunny Cancun” with the simple caption “Awesome!”
Considering that people he was elected to represent were dying as he was slinking off to soak up the sun on a beach, this so-called joke is in incredibly poor taste. The senator still has not apologized for his little clandestine attempt at an exotic getaway nor has he apologized for lying about it — he absurdly claimed that he was simply accompanying his family on the plane trip down and intended to return immediately. His political instincts are not only incredibly clumsy for a man who managed to slither into one of the most powerful elected positions in the country, they demonstrate a profound lack of basic empathy.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 18, 2021
As is often the case when the sentient mass of human flesh and vile opinions composes a tweet, social media users were quick to react with scorn.
Don’t think your constituents find your sense of humor appealing after you abandoned them in a time of crisis
— Donnie Loves Chachi Ⓥ (@JUConnor25) May 18, 2021
A child froze to death
— Mankrik’s Wife (@Marty_Shannon) May 18, 2021
Next time do us all a favor and stay there.
— Arse Grammatica (@ArseGrammatica) May 18, 2021
— Black Mountain Druid Order (@BruceHa86541108) May 18, 2021
Ted Cruz is that guy in the horror flick who locks himself in a room by himself and refuses to unlock the door to let his friends in while he watches them get slaughtered through the key hole.
— GOP: Liars Traitors & Insurrectionists (@WendyAn04156803) May 18, 2021
this is evil
— Blake (@Blake0910) May 18, 2021
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.