First, he blamed his daughters, saying they wanted to get away since it was cold and the schools were closed.
“Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon,” Cruz said initially. He later admitted it was intended to be a family trip and he was supposed to be there “through the weekend.”
Cruz then said the trip was a mistake. His critics agreed wholeheartedly. And many turned his poor decision into fodder for gags, memes and photo-editing jokes: