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Cruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal'

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCrenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 MORE (R-Texas) is blaming extensive media coverage of his trip to Cancun on a void he says the absence of former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE has created in the news cycle. 

"I will say, to venture into practicing medicine, that I actually want to diagnose the media. The media is suffering from acute Trump withdrawal, where for four years every day, they could foam at the mouth and be obsessed with Donald Trump, and now that he has receded from their day-to-day storyline, they don't know what to do with themselves," Cruz said during an appearance on conservative radio host Dana Loesch's program Monday afternoon.

"Donald Trump broke the media, and so they don't want to do that," he added. "They just want to engage in political attacks."

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The Republican made similar comments about Trump and the media Tuesday evening while appearing on Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPompeo not ruling out 2024 White House bid Grenell hints at potential California gubernatorial bid Cruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' MORE's Fox News show. 

“I think the media is suffering from Trump withdrawal, where they’ve attacked Trump every day for four years,” Cruz told Hannity. “They don’t know what to do, so they obsessed over my taking my girls to the beach.”

Cruz was widely criticized last week after he was spotted at an airport in Houston traveling to Cancun while hundreds of thousands of people went without power, water and heat as a result of an intense winter storm in the Lone Star State. 

After receiving backlash, the senator claimed he was only traveling to Mexico to drop off his daughters and was always planning on returning to Texas promptly. Text messages obtained by The New York Times showed Cruz's wife, Heidi, messaging friends about an upcoming vacation in Cancun days before Cruz was seen at the airport. 

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“It was obviously a mistake. In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it,” Cruz said Thursday. “I was trying to be a dad. And all of us have made decisions — when you got two girls who have been cold for two days and haven’t had heat or power and they’re saying, ‘Hey look, we don’t have school, why don’t we go. Let’s get out of here.’ " 

During two stints on the presidential campaign trail and four years in the White House, Trump routinely criticized journalists as peddlers of "fake news" and going so far as to call them "the enemy of the people."  

Cruz, who often engages in his own attacks on the national media, Hollywood celebrities and prominent liberals, pointed to a recent scandal in New York within Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo advisers altered COVID-19 nursing homes report: WSJ Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett says governor asked about previous sexual assault Cuomo accuser says she thought he was propositioning her MORE's (D) administration regarding the alleged falsifying of coronavirus nursing home deaths data as an example of bigger scandal than his trip and not being so intensely covered. 

"The mainstream media doesn't want to cover it at all," Cruz told Loesch.

"You know, Chris CuomoChris CuomoAs Trump steps back in the spotlight, will Cuomo exit stage left? The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Chris Cuomo criticized for hypocrisy after he says he won't cover brother's controversy MORE wants to play footsie with his brother and have a hug fest because CNN doesn't want to cover news, and nobody else covers it," he added, referring to the governor's brother, a CNN host. "And it's serious and tragic."