John Oliver has been praised after ripping into Ted Cruz over his handling of Texas’ deadly weather crisis.

Hosting a segment named “The Saga of Ted F*****g Cruz”, the Last Week Tonight rebuked the senator over his controversial trip to Mexico last week.

The disgraced politician fled the state during a storm that left millions without power and water, and flew to Cancun, Mexico for a family vacation.

Oliver said: “[Cruz] blamed his preteen daughters for the trip, saying they had asked him to go and ‘I was trying to be a good dad’, because the first rule of fatherhood is throw your daughters under the bus at the first opportunity”.

“I mean that’s just incredible. Ted Cruz – who remember, wants to be president –  told the world he was bullied into international travel by twins, then got cyber-bullied into coming home by the internet, leaving his wife to solo parent two kids on vacation in another country while trying to figure out who in her mom group doxxed her. It’s all amazing.”

He also criticised those defending Cruz, such as Rick Perry, the state’s former governor, who said that Texans wanted to “be without electricity for longer than three days to keep federal government out of their business.”

Not impressed, Oliver said, “Oh, f*** off, Rick Perry. Far be it from me to question the wisdom of a man who failed running for president twice, and who came in 12th on Dancing With the Stars, meaning he lost to Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and Vanilla Ice.”

He ended the bit with a plea for viewers to donate to relief efforts, such as feedingtexas.org.

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