Meghan McCain calls Ted Cruz vacation ‘very Mary Antoinette’

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Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News
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Let them eat snow.

Conservative pundit Meghan McCain compared Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to French royal Marie Antoinette for escaping to Mexico while his constituents in Texas — many without power or heat — suffered under brutal winter conditions that left the Lone Star state paralyzed.

The right-wing senator who last month attempted to overturn the results of the presidential election was spotted Wednesday jetting his family out of town in favor of the sunny shores of Cancun. Shortly after word of the Cruz’s great escape got out, the 50-year-old politician high-tailed it back to Texas.

McCain, the daughter of late Arizona senator and war hero John McCain, said on her ABC show “The View” that Cruz’s getaway was not a good look. She also said he should expect a cold reception upon his return.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of media waiting, asking questions, but to, like, literally flee your home state while people are freezing to death, to go to Cancun is... very Marie Antoinette,” McCain said. “One of the worst optics I could come up with in an era where there’s been a lot of bad political optics.”

As predicted, press members were waiting for Cruz when he landed Thursday wearing a face mask bearing the Texas flag. Cruz said he was just trying to be a “good dad” when he “dropped” off his family south of the border after his home lost its power.

According to CNBC, the temperature in Cancun was 85 degrees when Cruz was there, compared to 34 degrees in Houston, when the conservative senator’s plane landed.

The Daily Beast reports that Cruz appeared on a radio show earlier in the week, where he warned Texans the incoming storms would make travel unpleasant.

“So don’t risk it,” Cruz said. “Keep your family safe and just stay home and hug your kids.”

Marie Antoinette became a symbol of heartless 18th century aristocracy when, as legend has it, she dismissively responded to the needs of her hungry French constituents by saying “Let them eat cake.”

She was later beheaded. McCain said figuratively on Thursday’s show that there should be a “lot of heads to roll” for the mess in Texas.

Cruz critics including Texas Rep. Gene Wu went on a Twitter rant in which he said the multi-millionaire senator’s behavior shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“Guess which US Senator from Texas flew to Cancun while the state was freezing to death and having to boil water?” Democrat Wu captioned a photo of Cruz leaving town.