Opinion Meghan McCain Slams Ted Cruz for Cancun Trip: ‘Very Marie Antoinette’
United Airlines Investigating Who Leaked Ted Cruz's Cancun Flight Info
When Cruz suddenly changed his travel plans to return home from Cancun on Thursday instead of on Saturday, a source from United Airlines reportedly leaked the information to a journalist who shared it on Twitter.Cruz faced widespread criticism for traveling to the Mexican beach spot while millions of his constituents in his home state went without power, water or heat amid severe winter storms. A few Texans have also died from weather-related causes during the storms.
The View’s Meghan McCain on Thursday blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on for taking a family trip to Cancun while his home state’s residents, calling the senator’s trip a “very Marie Antoinette” moment and “one of the worst optics” in recent political memory.
After speculation exploded overnight on social media that the Texas lawmaker had snuck away for a tropical getaway while the Lone Star State is gripped in a full-blown crisis,. Cruz’s office, meanwhile, remained mum throughout the morning, though to stem the PR nightmare.
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The Texas senator has faced a backlash after being photographed flying to Mexico amid the crisis in his home state.Photos of the prominent Republican heading to Mexico with his family went viral amid the ongoing problems posed by the winter storm in Texas. Cruz did not immediately confirm whether it was him traveling despite the mounting backlash during his silence.
With millions of Texans still without power or running water amid a devastating winter storm, The View’s panel initially took aim at complete failure exhibited by the state’s Republican officials, who have ludicrously attempted.
“The truth is that a privatized, deregulated energy system is at fault, and they knew they had problems to fix, and they’ve known this since 2011, but they didn’t do it,” host Whoopi Goldberg noted.
McCain, the show’s resident conservative host, immediately decried the entire situation as “awful,” insisting that there’s a “lot of heads to roll and a lot of people to blame” over the debilitating loss of power and utilities during the storm.
From there, McCain focused her attention on Cruz—whofor traveling in the wake of local or regional crises.
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“What’s not helping right now is the fact that senator Ted Cruz is seen on a flight with his family to Cancun right now,” she declared. “I was looking at Twitter in the commercial break. He’s apparently on a flight back home to Texas right at this very moment.”
“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of media waiting, asking questions, but to, like, literally flee your home state while people are freezing to death, to go to Cancun is a very Marie Antoinette,” McCain added. “One of the worst optics I could come up with in an era where there’s been a lot of bad political optics.”
Later in the segment, meanwhile, fellow View host Sunny Hostin also tore into the right-wing senator, invoking his role in objecting to Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s election.
“He was never held accountable for any of that, challenging the Electoral College again and again and again,” she exclaimed. “That’s why he went to Cancun, allegedly, to escort his family, because no one is held accountable for any of this behavior. That is—that is really in my view, what the problem is.”
United Airlines says it's investigating the leak of Ted Cruz's Cancun flight information .
Cruz has drawn sharp backlash for flying to Cancun with his family as a devastating winter storm ravaged Texas. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. United Airlines is investigating the leak of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's flight information for a trip to Cancun, Mexico earlier this week, Politico reported. "It's against United's policies to share personal information about our customers and we are investigating this incident," a company executive told Politico in a statement, adding that whoever leaked the information may be fired.