Cruz Says Wife Is ‘Pretty Pissed’ Her Cancún Group Texts Got Leaked

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during his election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cruz lost the Indiana Primary to his rival Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announces the suspension of his presidential campaign as wife Heidi Cruz looks on during an election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, I... Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announces the suspension of his presidential campaign as wife Heidi Cruz looks on during an election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 23, 2021 11:00 a.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reported on Tuesday morning that his wife, Heidi, is less than thrilled that at least two people in her group chat leaked her tone-deaf texts about the Cruz family’s Cancún vacation in the middle of Texas’ snowstorm crisis last week.

“I will say, Heidi’s pretty pissed at that,” Cruz said during an interview on the conservative “Ruthless” podcast.

The group chat participants were the Cruzs’ neighbors, according to the senator. He speculated that the moles could’ve been some of the Democrats on their street.

“We’ve got a number of Republicans who are neighbors but we’ve also got a number of Democrats with folks on our street who put up Beto signs, which I thought was a little rude,” Cruz said, referring to his 2018 Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke.

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Then the Texas Republican, who fled to sunny Mexico as millions of his constituents sat freezing in their homes due to power outages from the storm, tut-tutted at the leakers’ lack of decency.

“Here’s a suggestion: Just don’t be assholes,” he said. “Just, you know, treat each other as human beings. Have some degree, some modicum of respect.”

Last week, the controversy over Cruz’s tropical getaway — and the senator’s jaw-dropping attempt to pass the blame on his kids — got even worse after the New York Times reported on a series of texts from Heidi Cruz inviting people in the group chat to join her and her family at a luxury resort in Mexico to escape their “FREEZING” home for the week. The messages did not indicate that the Cruz kids had pushed the senator to take the vacation or that he only planned on staying there one night, as he claimed.

Another person confirmed the veracity of the texts to the Times, and screenshots of the texts were posted on Twitter.

Observers reveled in the devastating betrayal of someone in direct contact with the Cruz family, revealing the damning texts to the Times and casually throwing a grenade at the entire scandal.

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