Ted Cruz, the Senator from Texas who came under fire last week for traveling to Cancun during the state’s winter weather emergency.

Last week, the New York Times obtained text messages that Ted‘s wife Heidi Cruz allegedly sent to friends and Houston neighbors on Wednesday (February 17), the same day they were spotted flying to Mexico. Heidi reportedly told her close friends that their house was “FREEZING” after losing power and she allegedly proposed that they travel to Mexico until Sunday. You can read more of the text messages right here.

Now, Cruz is responding to the leaked texts. It’s unclear which of Ted’s friends or neighbors leaked the texts.

“It’s a sign of how ridiculously politicized and nasty and just… Here’s a suggestion: Just don’t be assholes. Just treat each other as human beings. Have some degree, some modicum of respect,” Cruz said on the “Ruthless” podcast.

Cruz later admitted that he intended to stay in Mexico for longer than he originally stated.

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