Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says his wife is not happy that texts about the family’s getaway to Cancun during the state’s power outage wound up leaked to The New York Times.
In an interview on the “Ruthless” podcast, Cruz dead-panned about the trip furor, “I haven’t had this much negative press coverage since Northern California in the 1960s,” a reference to the persistent joke that he’s the notorious Zodiac serial killer.
Cruz drew outrage for the getaway — bad news that worsened when The Times obtained group texts Cruz’s wife, Heidi, sent to friends and neighbors about the trip.
Cruz’s remarks start at the 38:25-minute mark.
“Heidi’s pretty p***ed at that,” Cruz said. “She actually was over at her neighbor’s house yesterday sort of walking through [it].”
Cruz said the group his wife texted includes both Republicans and Democrats, and called the leak “ridiculously politicized and nasty.”
“Here’s a suggestion: Just don’t be a**holes. Just treat each other as human beings.”
The texts included Cruz’s wife messaging that her house was “FREEZING” and asking, “Anyone can or want to leave for the week? We may go to Cancun.”
Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Times Magazine’s “in-house ethicist,” told The Times the leak of a group chat “strikes me as a pretty substantial breach of norms about confidentiality.”
Cruz has expressed regret over the trip, and didn’t speculate who was behind the leak.
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