In reaction to a trip taken by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the midst of a brutal winter storm, podcast host Joe Rogan asked what the senator could possibly do in the situation to help Texans, seemingly offering at least a partial defense of Cruz.

“But here’s the thing,” Rogan said, speaking to his guest, comedian Tim Dillon. “What can he do? What is the reason for him staying?”

The two agreed that it most likely came down to optics.

“I think it’s just the optics of how it looked,” Dillon said.

“Can he make it warm out?” Rogan mocking asked.

“No, I don’t think he has any power to do anything good,” Dillon added.

The trip under scrutiny was a family vacation Cruz took to Cancun, Mexico, as his home state suffered an extreme winter freeze—causing electric bills to soar to record highs in the state.

Cruz was photographed Wednesday on a plane heading from Houston to Cancun. He made the trip back to Texas on Thursday following backlash.

The Daily Wire reported: “We left yesterday, the plan had been to stay through the weekend with the family,” Cruz said, referencing how the last week “has been tough on a lot of folks” and recounting how his family had been reduced to clustering around the fireplace after they lost power.

When Cruz’s daughters discovered that school had been canceled for the week, Cruz explained, they suggested taking a vacation. “They said, ‘Look, why don’t we take a trip? Let’s go somewhere where it’s not so cold.'”

Cruz did admit that he began to feel guilty about leaving his state. “I have to admit, I started having second thoughts almost the moment I sat down on the plane,” he said. “Because, on the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our kids, take care of our family. That’s something Texans have been doing across the state.”

Following the backlash that erupted after the story emerged, Cruz said his initial doubts worsened: “When I arrived and I saw the initial firestorm, what had started with second thoughts that I had as soon as we left grew even greater,” he said, adding that he regrets his trip has become “such a distraction when so many Texans are hurting and angry and mad.”

With protesters in the background chanting “resign,” Cruz addressed whether his trip was “tone-deaf.” “Look, it was obviously a mistake, and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it,” he said, adding: “I was trying to be a dad.”

Rogan, back in July, announced that he would be leaving Los Angeles for Texas, looking for what he called “more freedom.”

The Daily Wire reported:

“I’m outta here,” Rogan said during a Friday interview with CEO of Spartan and Death Race Joe De Sena.

Rogan told De Sena he is leaving L.A. for Texas “soon” because he wants to live somewhere that is “in the center of the country, somewhere it’s easier to travel to both places, and somewhere where you have a little bit more freedom.” Rogan also cited L.A.’s overcrowding, which he says proves problematic in the age of COVID-19.

“When you look at the traffic, when you look at the economic despair, when you look at the homelessness problem that’s accelerated radically over the last six, seven, ten years, I think there’s too many people here,” said Rogan. “I think it’s not tenable. I don’t think it’s manageable. I think every mayor does a sh*t job of doing it, because I don’t think anybody could do a great job of it. I think there’s certain things you’re gonna have to deal with when you have a population of whatever the f**k L.A. is, it’s like 20 million plus people.”

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