Ted Cruz and Gallant

Adam Campbell-Schmitt
3 min readFeb 20, 2021

Ted Cruz abandons his constituents. Gallant… yeah, wouldn’t.

Ted Cruz plans a vacation during a crisis.
Gallant finds ways to be helpful.

Ted Cruz books a flight to a Mexican resort town while his state is suffering power outages, water shortages, food scarcity, and freezing temperatures.
Gallant — oof! — definitely doesn’t do that.

Ted Cruz actually gets on the airplane, not thinking twice about the fact that it’s, at the very least, bad optics.
Gallant knows that would be political suicide.

Ted Cruz makes up an excuse about how he, like any good dad, is just chaperoning his family on a quick trip to Cancun in the middle of a global pandemic and which was planned at the last minute for the very relatable reason that school was canceled for the rest of the week.
Gallant takes, at most, a last-minute road trip to the family’s cabin on a whim.

Ted Cruz requests an upgrade when his family is still flying economy.
Gallant flies with his family when the pretense is he’s accompanying his family somewhere — which, again, is unlikely at best to happen but should it happen it wouldn’t. Does that make sense?

Ted Cruz brings a giant rolling suitcase for an overnight trip.
Gallant brings sensibly-sized luggage for the length of the trip he’s taking, but it’s been tucked in the back of the guest room closet since March 2020.

Ted Cruz books a return flight the morning he’s called out for abandoning his state, despite having previously booked his initial return for a couple of days later and despite that very discoverable fact not meshing with his previously released account of events.
Gallant sticks to his story.

Ted Cruz doesn’t take a COVID-19 test or wait 72 hours before reentering the United States.
Gallant complies with basic travel restrictions for the health and safety of his fellow citizens.

Ted Cruz blames his daughters for a major blunder of his own doing.
Gallant, again, still hasn’t considered doing the unthinkably stupid thing to begin with.

Adam Campbell-Schmitt

A writer and editor living, laughing, and loving in the NYC suburbs. Twitter: @adamcswrites