The reaction from the left reached outrage levels after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) opened his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Friday with a joke about his trip to Cancun.
“God bless CPAC!”, Cruz said. “I’ve gotta say, Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun, but it’s nice.” The comment elicited laughter from the crowd.
The senator’s trip to the Mexican resort city of Cancun, as fellow Texans grappled with widespread power outages after a once-in-a-generation snowstorm and flash freeze crippled the state’s power grid, drew quick and sharp bipartisan criticism.
Republican strategist Alex Conant told USA Today, “Natural disasters have a way of upending politicians’ careers. … For politicians, the first rule of any natural disaster is to show up and Cruz broke that rule.”
As much as I’m a big fan of the Texas Republican, frankly, the optics of a family getaway at that particular time weren’t good and the disapproval was warranted.
Cruz flew home the next day and immediately admitted he’d made an error, telling the press he realized it the moment he’d stepped on the airplane. “It was obviously a mistake, and in hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it.”
With Cruz’ CPAC speech coming so soon after the Cancun flap, he had to acknowledge/address it before he could move on to other topics and he chose to do so with humor, which was the best way possible to handle it.
He was skewered by the left for making a joke about a deadly storm that had cost many Texans their lives. Below are several reactions posted to Twitter afterward.
Can you imagine a Democrat in Cruz’ position? A Democrat would have issued a statement to the press saying that they were working remotely and were in constant touch with state officials. They would have stayed on until their scheduled departure date and offered no apology for their “mistake.”
Cruz made a poor decision, realized it almost immediately, promptly took action to rectify it and issued a sincere apology.
That was enough for me, but apparently not for the compassionate left.
Because nothing ever is.
Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!