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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has found a new scapegoat for his unfortunate decision to flee the state amid a major crisis in order to take a beach vacation. And it is a favorite target of conservative politicians: the media.

“I think the media is hurting from Trump’s withdrawal,” Cruz told Sean Hannity in an interview with Fox News on Monday. “Where they attacked Trump every day for four years, they don’t know what to do so they’re obsessed with taking my daughters to the beach.”

Last week, Cruz left Texas for Cancun as his home state was crippled by a major snowstorm and power outages that exposed millions of people to freezing temperatures. When he was arrested, Cruz sheepishly returned home and blamed his daughters for the trip, claiming that he had only intended to drop them off and return home immediately.

Cruz later confessed and admitted that he intended to stay all weekend for fun in the sun while the Texans returning home faced extremely cold and unsanitary drinking water.

Hannity and Cruz both complained that the media covered Cruz but ignored the nursing home scandal of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“The media won’t even cover him,” Cruz said of the story that received wide coverage in state and national media:

In another awkward moment, Hannity falsely claimed that Cruz was just going to Cancun to drop off his daughters for a trip with friends and get home quickly.

“You dropped your daughters off in Mexico, you got home in a day, probably less than a day,” Hannity said. “I still think you can be a father and a senator at the same time.

This was Cruz’s initial claim, but he has since admitted that it was a lie and that he intended to stay for the weekend. When Hannity delivered the same lie during an interview last week, Cruz corrected him. This time around, he accepted it by fully committing to his new strategy of blaming the media.


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