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Ted Cruz flew to Cancun because he was ‘trying to be a dad’

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In the wake of backlash over his trip this Wednesday to Cancun as his Texas constituents suffered from an unprecedented winter storm, Sen. Ted Cruz released a statement saying that he took the trip with his daughters and would be returning Thursday.

“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,” his statement read.

Once back in Texas, Cruz said that the trip was “obviously a mistake and in hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it.”

“I was trying to be a dad,” he continued as protesters chanted outside his home. “And all of us have made decisions — when you’ve got two girls who’ve been cold for two days and haven’t had heat or power, and they’re saying, ‘Hey look, I don’t have school, why don’t we go — let’s get out of here…'”

According to the Washington Post, it was “not immediately clear whether Cruz had originally planned to return on Thursday or whether he cut short his trip because of the furor. Cruz did not reveal whether he was tested for the coronavirus, either before the trip or on his arrival at the Cancun airport.”

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