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Ted Cruz Is the Laughing Stock of the United States Senate

Ted Cruz Is the Laughing Stock of the United States Senate

Embattled GOP candidate Ted Cruz

United States Senators who take advantage of their exclusive workout facility inside the Capitol had some fun at the expense of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) this week by mocking him for the controversial trip he took to Cancun, Mexico while Winter Storm Uris battered Texas.

Embattled GOP candidate Ted Cruz

According to NBC News correspondent Carol Lee, some of Cruz’s colleagues posted memes throughout the congressional gym earlier this week:

When Senators arrived at the Senate gym on Wednesday morning, they found that one of them had taped memes on the lockers welcoming Cruz home and showing him in the short-sleeve polo shirt, jeans, and Texas-flag mask that he had at the airport, according to two people familiar with the prank. ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted!’ was the ‘welcome back’ message typed at the top of the color printouts, one of which was viewed by NBC News.

The rendering featured a manipulated photo of Cruz from his well-documented trip to Mexico, dragging his luggage across an arctic landscape while holding a tropical cocktail garnished with a slice of fruit in his other hand. He is shown walking toward an image of a masked Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with his arms crossed and wearing striped, knitted gloves — a pose famously captured during January’s inauguration.

The images were removed on Wednesday, Lee added.

Amid widespread condemnation for his ill-timed sojourn, Cruz admitted that he left the Lone Star State because he was cold.

Speaking to a Telemundo production crew that caught up with him at Cancun airport, Cruz said:

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Texas is going through horrific storms, and millions of Texans have lost power, have lost heat, and they’ve been hurt. Our family was among them. We had no heat and no power.

Yesterday my daughters asked if they could take a trip with some friends, and Heidi and I agreed, so I flew down with them last night, dropped them off here, and now I’m headed back to Texas and back to continue the work to try and get the power on. What’s happening in Texas is unacceptable.

Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.

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