For Mr. Cruz’s critics, the senator’s apparent ability to brush off some deeply personal insults — Mr. Trump suggested Mr. Cruz’s wife was unattractive and insinuated
He suggested without evidence that his father had been involved in the John F. Kennedy assassination — was further evidence of his shameless political posturing.
He was a vocal leader in the movement this year to overturn Mr. Trump’s election loss by spreading conservative conspiracy theories about a fraudulent vote count.
The former president’s statements during his rally before the Jan. 6 violence in the Capitol were not an impeachable offence, he said last week.
To which Mr. Castro remarked, “He comes off as false and he comes off as much more concerned about himself than anyone else.”
Mr. Castro and other Texas Democrats saw new opportunities in the trip to Cancn and soon demanded Mr. Cruz’s resignation.
Many state Republican officials chose to remain silent while they huddled in their warm homes and watched the snow fall outside.
Who is Ted Cruz?
American politician and lawyer Rafael Edward Cruz has served as Texas’ junior senator since 2013. Cruz, a Republican, was the state’s top lawyer from 2003 until 2008.
Cruz entered politics after earning degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law School. The George W. Bush administration employed him as a policy advisor, and he then served as Texas Solicitor General from 2003 to 2008.
Cruz was elected to the Senate in 2012, making history as the state of Texas’s first Hispanic senator.
Cruz has regularly maintained conservative positions on economic and social issues in the Senate, and he was a key player in the 2013 United States federal government shutdown in an effort to defund Obamacare.
In 2018, he faced stiff opposition from Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, but he was able to hold on to his Senate seat.
The senator from Texas used to be Donald Trump’s main rival for the Republican nomination in 2016.
Cruz characterised Trump as a “coward” and a “pathological liar” during a contentious period in the Republican primaries that year.
However, by the end of last month, Cruz had become one of Trump’s most steadfast defenders and a leader in the failed effort by the former president to overturn the results of the November election.
By making these modifications, Cruz hopes to maintain his popularity among Republicans and the party’s core voters in the event that he stands for president again in 2024.
But they have also made him one of Washington’s most despised personalities, a man who would take any position that benefits him politically in order to advance his career.