The teen's TikTok account went private soon after her video blew up on the platform but social media users are praising her for not following in his footsteps.
Children of politicians not sharing their parents' views is nothing new. However, navigating this sensitive minefield of strained family dynamics has become a bit more complicated for lawmakers raising Gen Zers as their kids have access to something that could potentially break their career: social media. The latest American politician to feel the brunt of an outspoken teenage offspring with a TikTok account is Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who found himself in a predicament this week after his 13-year-old daughter, Caroline Cruz, posted a now-viral video discussing the pros and cons of being his child.
Ted Cruz’s daughter says she disagrees ‘with most of his views’ https://t.co/ZsVB1cKkrY— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) December 31, 2021
"I got a lot of new followers because of my father," the teen says in the video, which has since been shared by internet users on Twitter. "I was thinking I could like [do a] pros and cons because some people are asking. So, some of the good things are we get candy and gifts in the mail and we also get to travel sometimes. Some of the bad things are, I literally have to have security following me everywhere. Like, if I want to go on a walk through the neighborhood or like to my friend's house or something, I have to have, like, two security guards behind me the entire time."
Photoshopped shirt on the left and the actual shirt on the far right. Gawwwd I love her unamused look in the picture. Let me find the picture on the back of the card .. even better. pic.twitter.com/OEPOhFA4in— Jennip (@jennip68) December 29, 2021
"Also, a lot of people judge me based upon him at first glance but I really disagree with most of his views," the teen added with a laugh. Caroline also addressed her appearance in the Cruz family Christmas card after Maddie Jenkins—the daughter of a Dallas County judge—posted a since-deleted video commenting on how miserable she looks in the photo. Caroline explained that the Christmas card photos had been edited to make it look like the shirt she was wearing covered her torso. "This is how it's supposed to look," she said, showing a selfie of her wearing a crop top and noting that "they literally made my shirt longer."
She’s really serving up that disinterest huh?! Even Snowflake makes an appearance.. pic.twitter.com/qpXoxBU19J— Jennip (@jennip68) December 29, 2021
The teen's TikTok account went private soon after her video blew up on the platform, but not before social media users took screengrabs of her bio—in which she listed her pronouns as she/her—and downloaded the video of her talking about being the senator's daughter. Caroline's remarks, especially the part about her disagreeing with most of her father's views, attracted a lot of attention online as many praised her for not following in his footsteps. "Can't stop thinking about Caroline Cruz and how they photoshopped her crop top to align with their conservative values is this normal or am I just also a bisexual who was gay bullied at the same age," tweeted @heather_lindsy.
I just stumbled upon Ted Cruz’ daughter’s TikTok and this story about them editing her crop top to be longer is so… on brand. pic.twitter.com/Zx0j0ztwde— Krissie 🐝 (@krissiapal) December 26, 2021
Her and Claudia Conway should start a caucus! pic.twitter.com/nfXKS8k0EP— Krissie 🐝 (@krissiapal) December 26, 2021
My aunt somehow got onto Ted Cruz’s mailing list and can’t unsubscribe, so every year she gets a Christmas card from them. We are raging leftists. pic.twitter.com/miPy7aWxIa— Miriam/Mira 🪴🐾🌙🧼🏳️🌈 (@miramo0n) December 25, 2021
I’ve never seen the longer version of this- the finger flick is hilarious 😆😂— popnursing (@popnursing1) December 31, 2021
Caroline Cruz, daughter of Ted, has unprivated her TikTok. She seems… fair and balanced? pic.twitter.com/3zte7tC98o— Trend Lightly (@trendlightlypod) January 3, 2022
Not Caroline Cruz in her Claudia Conway era— Alana Guggenheim (@alanagugg) December 27, 2021
Caroline Cruz, welcome to the resistance. https://t.co/cSvyT8Nbmd— Cat Kaminsky (@CatKaminsky) December 31, 2021
NEW: Caroline Cruz, Ted Cruz's daughter, said about her father, "...I really disagree with most of his views.”— Republicans against Trumpism (@RpsAgainstTrump) December 31, 2021
Smart young lady (Caroline Cruz daughter of ted). I feel badly for the kids of so many politicians and media personalities of today.— ~Reebie~ (@rebecca_boubel) December 30, 2021
The sins of the father or mother…