On her now private TikTok account, Caroline Cruz, 13, shared a video recently that told her viewers what it’s like to be the daughter of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas.
“A lot of people judge me based on him at first glance,” she said. “But I really disagree with most of his views.”
In a video of the pros and cons of living life as a senator’s child, Cruz said: “Some of the good things are that we get candy and gifts in the mail. We also get to travel sometimes.”
On the list of disadvantages, Cruz said she should have security even to walk in her neighborhood.
“I literally have to have security that follows me everywhere,” she said in the video. “Like if I want to go for a walk through the neighborhood or to my friend’s house or something, I have to have two security guards behind me all the time.”
The teenager also said their family Christmas card was photoshopped to make her shirt longer.
Cruz’s account went private shortly after, and her video went viral. At the time, social media users posted what they wrote were screenshots of her profile that listed her pronouns on her biography, which she / she and had written “bi”.
A user asked Cruz if her father knew how she identified herself, and she replied according to the screenshots: “I have not told him that yet, I am a little nervous about tbh, but I do not think he would be angry about it. “
Cruz is the eldest daughter of Ted Cruz, 51, and his wife, Heidi, 49. She has a younger 11-year-old sister. Ted Cruz is known for his anti-LGBTQ + attitudes. He has previously been against same-sex marriage, banning the harmful practices of conversion therapy and anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBTQ + people.