Twitter users rip Sean Hannity and Ted Cruz as his Cancun story falls apart on live TV

Twitter users rip Sean Hannity and Ted Cruz as his Cancun story falls apart on live TV
Screenshot: Twitter / The Recount

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) felt the need to answer criticisms of his disastrous trip to Cancun, Mexico as millions of residents in his state were subjected to bitterly harsh conditions as a result of the deadly winter storm that battered the Lone Star state this week.

So, he appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity just hours after his abrupt return from Mexico. However, that also did not go as planned because Twitter users immediately fired back at him and Hannity for attempting to defend his dereliction of duty.

During the interview, Cruz reiterated his remarks from the statement his office released insisting his 10 and 12-year-old daughters were to blame for the trip. But even as Hannity attempted to defend the trip, the embattled senator had to admit that he'd had a lapse in judgment.

"Whether the decision to go was tone-deaf, look, it was obviously a mistake, and in hindsight, I wouldn't have done it. I was trying to be a dad," Cruz said.

The Texas senator claimed he was merely escorting his family to Mexico and had planned to come right back. Hannity still attempted to defend him saying, "You went and you took your daughters to Cancun and you came back," Hannity declared. "I think you can be a father and be the senator of Texas all at the same time and make a round-trip, quick drop-off, quick trip, and come home."

But Twitter users were not trying to hear the futile defense. Some even pointed out that while Cruz had admitted to planning to stay in Cancun for several days during the Texas crisis, Hannity kept trying to push the bogus narrative that Cruz only went to Mexico to escort his kids and promptly return.

CNN"s Manu Raju noted: "Hannity keeps saying Cruz was just going to drop off his kids in Cancun to make a 'quick roundtrip.' Yet Cruz admitted he was planning to stay through the weekend. Texts leaked show his wife planned a getaway with neighbors. Cruz now says he planned to 'work remotely' from beach."

Others criticized the fact that despite Cruz's seeming acceptance of responsibility, he spent his time after returning home not helping Texans, but trying to rehabilitate his image:

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