Cruz was seen flying out of Texas on February 17, as the state suffered power outages and water supply issues amid the adverse weather conditions. Photos of this journey went viral, and after a period of silence the senator confirmed he had traveled to Mexico.
In a statement, he said he went on the request of his daughters and wanted to be a “good dad.” Cruz returned to Texas on February 18, and said the trip was a mistake adding that in hindsight he would not have gone.
His actions sparked a backlash, with critics calling for his resignation.
Cruz has since suggested the backlash over his trip was due to “the media suffering from Trump withdrawal” and turning to him as a figure for criticism.
He briefly referenced Cancun in his CPAC speech, saying during the event in Orlando, Florida: “Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun, but it’s nice.”
Cruz also used this address as an opportunity to criticize Democrats, suggesting the “hard left” is control of all “the levers of government.”
In an interview on Fox News on Monday, Cruz kept his focus on criticizing Democrats.
“The Democratic Party has abandoned the working class men and women,” Cruz said, when commenting on remarks from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, in which he said there was no crisis on the southern border.
“The millions of people who are out of jobs. Who are seeing their wages pulled down. Who are competing to provide for their families with people coming, illegally. That’s not who the Democratic Party represents any more. They don’t represent unions anymore. They don’t represent construction workers or truck drivers, or working men and women anymore.”
He described the Democratic Party as the party of “wealthy elites on both coasts.”
Cruz suggested the Republican Party was “a working class party now, we are a blue-collar party.”
While Cruz has looked to move forward from the Cancun trip controversy, polling has suggested voters may not have.
His approval rating has taken a hit following the trip, according to polling from Morning Consult. This showed a double-digit drop in his approval rating since the trip. His net approval had been plus 6 and has declined to minus 6 following the Cancun situation.
Newsweek has contacted Cruz’s office for comment.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) checks in for a flight at Cancun International Airport on February 18, 2021 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. His trip sparked a backlash after he left his home state of Texas amid a crisis posed by a winter storm. Mega/GC Images