Here’s why Ted Cruz flying to Cancun was *so* bad

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was bombarded with negative press after he was spotted on social media hopping on a flight to Cancun with his family amid a devastating winter storm and subsequent power grid failure. In the latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains why what ended up being a very short trip was such a bad look.
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  • Hey, Chris here. Do you think voters will remember this incident when Cruz faces reelection in 2024?

    CNNCNNVor Monat
    • Having been the biggest sponsor of a bill to limit senators to two terms, he will use that as an excuse to not run for another term.

      Benson FangBenson FangVor 16 Tage
    • @QueenOfTheClouds I know that they will vote for him, even if they remember this.

      David HamerDavid HamerVor 19 Tage
    • Nope. I believe they’ll still vote him in if he runs again

      QueenOfTheCloudsQueenOfTheCloudsVor 19 Tage
    • New York Times , March 16, 2021 : NY Governor Cuomo ( D) helped draft letter disparaging his first sexual harassment accuser: report Soon after the first woman accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment last December, the governor and his close associates worked to draft a letter attacking the former aide’s credibility, a new report said Tuesday. The letter, which was never released, disparaged Lindsey Boylan and accused her of coming forward for “political retribution,” according to a copy reviewed by The New York Times. Boylan, one of seven women to accuse Cuomo of inappropriate conduct, first made her claims in a series of Twitter posts - before sparking the sexual harassment scandal against the governor with more details in a post to the website Medium. In the days after Boylan’s tweets, at least one draft of the attack letter began circulating among allies to the governor’s current and former top aides, sources told the newspaper. The initial intention was to get former top statehouse staffers - with a focus on women - to sign onto the letter, the report said. One draft of the letter noted a campaign consultant to Boylan, who is now a Democratic candidate for Manhattan borough president, also worked for a Cuomo political enemy. The letter went on to say that Boylan was “supported by lawyers and financial backers of Donald Trump: an active opponent of the governor,” according to the Times. It concluded: “Weaponizing a claim of sexual harassment for personal political gain or to achieve notoriety cannot be tolerated. False claims demean the veracity of credible claims.”

      MITandMe NotIvyMITandMe NotIvyVor 24 Tage
    • Yes, but they won't care.

      David HamerDavid HamerVor 29 Tage
  • Fack news CNN

    Richard KuligRichard KuligVor 26 Tage
  • my broke ass friends went to the dollar store and bought water and blankets for people and passed them out. cost less than 80 bucks and 2 hours to pass them out to the homeless in Austin. you're telling me Ted Cruz doesn't have 80 bucks and 2 hours?

    UncleCatfishDubUncleCatfishDubVor Monat
  • I only partially agree. I do think it is important to work on the problem any way you can. But simply being there only for showing up ... I would feel bad, because every minute an important politician is on scene is a minute slowing down the people actually helping out. You have security, you have to be instructed out of schedule (i.e. if every hour new helpers are adviced how to proceed), and so on. I would feel disruptive to the people and at the same as if I am wasting time I could spend on getting aid (bills) on the way. I understand, why politicians are doing it, but part of me always gets angry if they show up for performative reasons only.

    Albert Erik GruberAlbert Erik GruberVor Monat
  • He should've gone to Canada and stayed in his birth country

    Howard SternHoward SternVor Monat
  • his excuse was that his "girls" did want to go. so, where are the girls on the video?

    Christian ReinischChristian ReinischVor Monat
  • Ted used his own money to relocate his family in order to lessen the burden on our already stressed Texas grid during such a trying time. If only more elected officials could follow his selfless example. How was that? Did I sound like a politician? It's interesting that no one is asking where John Cornyn was while all of this was going on. Why wasn't he knocking on doors and handing out flashlight batteries and hot coffee? Rumor has it that he was in California doing some marketing for the state. One of his bullet points about why Texas is a better place to live than California was, are you ready for this, the weather.

    SA Scott TXSA Scott TXVor Monat
  • Republicans are not Americans.

    MichaelWilliamHMichaelWilliamHVor Monat
  • I've said this a few times on vids about the Cruz incident. He should have learnt from Scott Morison. Australia's Prime Minister flew to I want to say Hawaii during the bushfires in 2019/20 and used the same excuse. Promise to his daughters, sometimes you have to be a dad. It did not go down well, the excuse itself or throwing his daughters to the sharks. It's nice to know Americans are holding Ted Cruz to the same standard we are holding Scotty from Marketing to.

    BlueBelle88BlueBelle88Vor Monat
  • Ted managed to change the media coverage about his and his role in the deadly January insurrection against the capital, and like little brained people that we are, we took the bait.

    Edgar RosasEdgar RosasVor Monat
  • Just ask ex NOLA mayor C. Ray Nagin what happens when you leave your constituents during and after a major disaster. He was the beneficiary of the Bill Barr COVID-19 early prison release and is living in Frisco, Texas. Doesn't have the stones to go back to New Orleans.

    Rae Mini HopaRae Mini HopaVor Monat
  • Answer: Who cares! He voted to overturn the election, focus on the signal, ignore the noise.

    Aron NewberryAron NewberryVor Monat
  • Remember when Obama was president? That was awesome.

    Mister XMister XVor Monat
  • Ted doesn't care, he knows the people of Texas don't care, it's a red state

    Pastorpage TVPastorpage TVVor Monat
  • Go eat some tofu. No one cares

    yelnik9000yelnik9000Vor Monat
  • Not as bad as cuomo killing the thousands of elderly but you run this bs nonstop

    Dillon MazziottoDillon MazziottoVor Monat

    Jesse GalvanJesse GalvanVor Monat
  • No. We need him to stay put in the Senate now more than ever!

    AC WilsonAC WilsonVor Monat
  • It was 'cool' how he threw his family under the bus one at a time to avoid blame.

    Mark HalverMark HalverVor Monat

    DTRAX33DTRAX33Vor Monat
  • Virture signaling at its finest. Yeah, that's one of the things i care about during a crisis .., are all my state politicians home?? 😆

    Pepe QPepe QVor Monat
  • Well...if Texas re-elects him then there's no hope for Texas. 🇺🇸👍

    Ray BinRay BinVor Monat
  • Only CNN can make going to Cancun worse then a Cuomo murdering 15,000 elderly people.

    usssanjacinto1usssanjacinto1Vor Monat
  • Idiot people who condemn Mr. Cruz for leaving the country while a storm was taking place are very shallow minded people.

    XEdition StarWarsXEdition StarWarsVor Monat
  • Cruz helped Trump do 9-11

    Nathan HailsNathan HailsVor Monat
  • Instead of running away he could have tried to help the situation. Coordinate some relief supplies, line up some generators or something. Hell AOC gave more of a response than Ted and she doesn't even live in Texas! Hard to believe the voters in your state are ok with this.

    Gary PetersonGary PetersonVor Monat
  • Might be trying to be a good dad, but he's a horrible dog owner. They left the family dog to fend for itself with no heat, power or water. And you think he cares about you? Really?

    Gary PetersonGary PetersonVor Monat
  • The Castro regime's favorite Cuban. This dude is a menace to the USA.

    Todd JacksonTodd JacksonVor Monat
  • No it really iisnt bad, republicans voted for trump remember, they dont care what a person does so long as they are republican.

    Daniel HollandDaniel HollandVor Monat
  • Wasted 6:50 for this. You gotta be kidding me. What knowledge are we gaining? What steps of action should we take now? No. Let’s just laugh at Ted going to Cancun. Smh. You want to be taken seriously.

    Stone XStone XVor Monat
  • Sooooooo where’s Biden?????????

    Stone XStone XVor Monat
    • @denverredhead Biden didn’t help weather the storm

      Stone XStone XVor Monat
    • @denverredhead I would love to see the leader of this country informing people on what to do where to get help motivating others. Be a leader

      Stone XStone XVor Monat
    • Back in Washington after several visits this week, including Texas. Why do you ask?

      denverredheaddenverredheadVor Monat
  • Hey cnn question there a massive pandemic happening why you care about nonsense happening a state you all hate Texas? Multiple other options. AOC lieing is an idea.

    Jessie JenkinsJessie JenkinsVor Monat
  • Why is Ted Cruz still free. He should be behind the bar taking into account his incompetence in all aspects to say the least.

    kavito Nagakavito NagaVor Monat
  • "fancy law firm" is actually the last place you could expect to pop off at any time

    Antonomase ApophasisAntonomase ApophasisVor Monat
  • Hey, hypocrites, yeah you Dems that criticize and scream about behavior that you yourself do. Where was your man Biden????? Haha, the American people see this ??? Think they will remember what Biden has or has not in this case done in the next elections???? Vile hypocrites!!!!!

    LindavidLindavidVor Monat
  • This a story? LOL! This is all the LEFT has? We have hours of the Left supporting protesters BURNING American Cities down and THIS IS WHAT THE LEFT IS FOCUSED ON??? Really?

    Chris HillChris HillVor Monat
  • If a democrat did this these right wingers who disliked this video would be so happy to attack them for it.

    CherubiCherubiVor Monat
  • Beto O'Rourke organized over 150,000 calls in 1 day, AOE raises a lot of money, Sheila Jackson Lee organized water trucks to immidiately and for several days forward to bring water to her constituents in Houston, a South Houston Councilman (sorry, cant remember his name) personally went to the local water station with a handful of mechanical minded friends and jerryrigged it to keep water flowing for his 20,000 constituents. A US Senator has a lot more power and options to help than any of the above, on top of being the logical person to coordinate with FEMA and the Federal government. Cruz just doesnt care, being a Senator isnt a job for him, it isnt a privilege or a service to his constituents. To him, its just a venue to run for president by holding blustery speeches, going on a lot of (friendly) tv and having his own pod cast.

    Dfuher DDfuher DVor Monat
  • Texan style solutions. Texan style can do.

    Kong ThaiKong ThaiVor Monat
  • What did the other Senator of Texas do? Sit in his home and grumbled. "It's so cold" "What is the power and water commission doing. Is FEMA here yet" At least Senator Ted Cruz was entertaining Texans with common sense. Send the children to Cancun, come back and understand the situation. 🤣

    Kong ThaiKong ThaiVor Monat
  • Maybe Senator Ted Cruz is suggesting Texans goes on vacation to cancun to avoid the freeze. Then he returns to check on FEMA job the next day. Hmmmm Could be that! 😳

    Kong ThaiKong ThaiVor Monat
  • Guess trump wasn’t lying when he said lying ted

    happy ass face on the internethappy ass face on the internetVor Monat
  • Not this biggest fan of Ted Cruz. But how about you quit the Hypocrisy and hold both parties accountable? Shit journalism all around.

    Russell HortonRussell HortonVor Monat
  • Almost as bad as covering up a policy that sent COVID positive patients to nursing homes

    Connor BConnor BVor Monat
  • While most Americans can’t afford rent or food and have lost their jobs our Texas senator goes on a Mexican vacation? During a pandemic, economic crisis and a historic natural disaster in the state you work for you go on vacation to a country that you build a wall around? The GOP and Cruz doesn’t care about your, jobs, rent, health care, life or anything that matters. They care about being wealthy, not really ever working and going on expensive vacations whenever they want. Important things...

    Ben LoganBen LoganVor Monat
  • CNN is a pile of fake news

    Ann CarAnn CarVor Monat
  • Ted did it right. First God, spouse and children then work. He did it right.

    Ann CarAnn CarVor Monat
  • Fake news. With this animated "reporter" flinging spittle from his mouth. Did Cruz ever ask any of his staff to play strip poker with him? Hey CNN, I'm looking down all your posted videos. Still haven't come across any yet about the massive surge of 7,000 unaccompanied minors at the border. Many Cruz videos and massive airtime telling us why this Cruz trip has to be more important than Cuomo nursing home scandal.

    Tom PhillipsTom PhillipsVor Monat
  • Like DaSantis, Cruz anther child minded adult. I see a kid in them both...

    User619 TLSDCAUser619 TLSDCAVor Monat
    • Oh, including MTG Crazy...

      User619 TLSDCAUser619 TLSDCAVor Monat
  • should make 'was' to 'is'

    QubluQubluVor Monat
  • Soak this up democrats, it’s your distraction from Cuomo’s murderous nursing home scandal. Enjoy your meds, orange man bad, go back to sleeeeep

    Thom ColmerThom ColmerVor Monat
  • The keyword right there, "empathy" narcissists do not have empathy thay have no idea how to empathise with normal people.

    suzarraelizabethsuzarraelizabethVor Monat
    • @Chris Yeh well said!

      suzarraelizabethsuzarraelizabethVor 26 Tage
    • On that note, a person who has no empathy is called an asshole.

      Chris YehChris YehVor 28 Tage
    • I wouldn't say they don't know, its more like they don't care to. They understand it in so much how they'd want others to empathize with their troubles, but they can't be bothered to do the same for others.

      Chris YehChris YehVor 28 Tage
  • By this logic would like to see cuomo dance on the streets of nyc

    27may27mayVor Monat
  • He said he was going to take a vacation after this bs impeachment and he did. He has no control over these companies or the weather. So why is it a big deal. Grow up

    JinjaNinja GamingJinjaNinja GamingVor Monat
  • You know those scum bag characters in shows like The Walking Dead... Two faced, self-serving, treacherous, stinky characters... They're the ones you yell at your TV screen NOT to trust.

    TJ DashTJ DashVor Monat
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    Beverly BrookseBeverly BrookseVor Monat

    Dan LangemannDan LangemannVor Monat
  • Ted worked soo hard helping to support Trump’s lie and insurrection, he needed so time to clear his head, no that’s not right, to get his “facts” straight

    ABBE RepairABBE RepairVor Monat
  • What a joke! Nancy pel-grossie is still on vacation in China town!! Republicans and Democrats days are numbered!! Trump is not going anywhere! Suck it CNN

    chadpallas1chadpallas1Vor Monat
  • Donald Trump said Heidi Cruz is ugly

    Emil SEmil SVor Monat
  • I swear if Texas elects Cruz again I'm going to lose it.

    EveEveVor Monat
  • Will Texas be electing more Democrats in the coming years when they realize the scale of governmental betrayal in Texas.

    Chas GlassChas GlassVor Monat
  • *Fled Cruz or Cancun Cruz* Which one is better? 😂😂

    Gabriel Mendoza22Gabriel Mendoza22Vor Monat
    • Let's Can Cruz.

      denverredheaddenverredheadVor Monat
  • even my stuffed Skelanimal dog has a throw blanket and i am in Fl he didn't even help his real one. WTH!

    keema Lewiskeema LewisVor Monat
  • Cruz is wealthy enough that he could have ordered a flown in takeaway meal for every hungry person in Texas.

    Burton SchraderBurton SchraderVor Monat
  • 5:06 What a schill. So, Cancun has more substance than performative drama, huh? What an idiot. If your point is to try and say performative drama has no merit, using Ted Cruz is the opposite of that sentiment. Thus, what a schill.

    ChronoXShadowChronoXShadowVor Monat
  • 1:18 Uh, it snowed across the nation. Texas didn't have snow proofing plans, and thus power-lines and road conditions suffered. There's no mystery here. If you think you need to 'get to the bottom of things', you first need to get your head out of your ass. Maybe that's what he meant by that line?

    ChronoXShadowChronoXShadowVor Monat
  • I don’t think you need to tell us why it was so bad. It’s pretty obvious.

    Nia HowardNia HowardVor Monat
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    Rusty HensonRusty HensonVor Monat
  • Yet his inbred constituents are going to re elect him

    TheUsername217TheUsername217Vor Monat
Here’s why Ted Cruz flying to Cancun was *so* bad