The group chat was labelled “XXXX Lovelies” (presumably the name of their street); it included some of the women in the Cruz family’s neighbourhood. The subject was the cold weather they were experiencing in Texas, but it quickly turned to going away, when Heidi, the wife of Republican Senator Ted Cruz, asked whether any of the families were up for a trip to Cancun.
The Cruz family getaway, of course, went viral, and the Texas senator, 50, faced fierce backlash after pictures emerged of the couple and their two daughters, Caroline, 12, and Cathryn, 10, flying out of the state while millions struggled without power, heat and water during a deadly storm, the Daily Mail reports.
And now, it seems, one of the group members spilled the tea to the New York Times, providing them with evidence of the group chats, as seen here:
Heidi texted “Anyone can or want to leave for the week? We may go to Cancun …,” adding that there were flights available and that the Ritz-Carlton hotel had availability at $309 a night.
Oddly, she then asked the women, “Are you guys warm enough? We have a fireplace! Let us know.” Presumably, that was an invitation to come to her house to stay warm. However, in the same message, she added “Our house is FREEZING tho ….”
After his quick overnight trip on Feb. 22 — shortened by social media criticism — Ted Cruz was on the conservative broadcast Ruthless (the episode was titled Mayan Ted). The couple had heard about the backstabbing by a group member. Cruz told host Josh Holmes that “I will say, Heidi is pretty pissed at that. She was over at the neighbour’s house yesterday, sort of walking through.” Who wouldn’t want to be a fly on the wall of that house to hear what passed between the women?
Without a trace of irony, Cruz told Holmes on the podcast that “We got a number of Republicans who are neighbours but we also have a lot of Democrats…. Here’s a suggestion: Just don’t be assholes. Yeah, like, just, you know, treat each other as human being, have some degree, some modicum of respect.”
Certainly more than a few hungry Texans who were huddled under as many coats and blankets as they could find during that stormy weekend were muttering something about respect, too.