Sen. Ted Cruz learned the hard way that picking a Twitter fight with The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, is never going to end well.
Here's the full story...
Ted Cruz just keeps digging himself a deeper hole, doesn't he?
Tensions surrounding the Republican senator initially arose in February when he fled to sun-soaked Cancun in Mexico, while his State of Texas froze over.
He was spotted in a Houston airport on February 17th with his wife and daughters queuing for a United Airlines flight.
It was believed by the person who took the pictures that the Senator had boarded a flight that departed at 4.44 pm and landed in Cancun at 7.52 pm.
Of course, this didn't sit well with Texas' residents...
It isn't JUST that Ted Cruz left TX during a disaster—though that is bad enough. It's also that he went on vacation to MX during a pandemic. He defended Trump's remarks about Mexicans being drug dealers & rapists. Funny how MX is the first place he escapes to when shit gets hard.— Tina Vasquez (@TheTinaVasquez) February 18, 2021
Who were continuing to struggle in below-freezing conditions.
Texans quickly took to tweeting Cruz photos of their dire living conditions...
@tedcruz Hey teddy! No, this isn't salt for your Cancun margaritas, this is snow I'm boiling so I can wash my hands and flush toilets. And even still I'm lucky to have power rn. Don't have too much fun in Mexico or forget to wear sunscreen! #CancunCruz #AbbottResign #AustinTx pic.twitter.com/vuXsYcvTFk— Stress Level Midnight (@EliBerke) February 18, 2021
In an attempt to bring him back to his senses.
The Texas Democratic Party then called on Cruz to resign...
"Ted Cruz jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold isn't surprising but it is deeply disturbing and disappointing," Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said.
"Cruz is emblematic of what the Texas Republican Party and its leaders have become: weak, corrupt, inept, and self-serving politicians who don't give a damn about the people they were elected to represent. They were elected by the people but have no interest or intent of doing their jobs."
Well, quite predictably, Cruz hastily backtracked following the outrage.
The Senator was spotted on a flight back to Houston the following day.
Cruz landed back in Texas with his tail between his legs...
"It was obviously a mistake. In hindsight, I wouldn't have done it."— ABC News (@ABC) February 19, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz returned to Texas a day after flying to Mexico with his family as his state reels from a historic storm that has left hundreds of thousands of people without power. https://t.co/7ndXNlccsO pic.twitter.com/GVglObf9tc
And, in a very awkward statement to ABC News, admitted that his travels were "obviously a mistake" and "in hindsight, I wouldn't have done it."
Of course, he failed to issue any form of apology to the people of Texas who were continuing to suffer.
In the aftermath of his poorly timed trip, Cruz desperately attempted to salvage the little reputation he had left.
Just days later, he posted this series of photos, in which he could be seen extending an arm to a female shopper and lifting bottles of water into various cars, alongside the caption, "#TexasStrong."
Though, of course, people didn't buy his PR stunt.
And, as the months have trickled by, he still can't escape the repercussions of his tasteless vacation attempt.
Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 1, 2021
Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff. https://t.co/0MI8oU0EtQ
While tweeting about the ongoing migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border, Cruz was spectacularly owned by Bronx Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wrote:
"Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico. Also, you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you're complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff."
She then followed up with this:
Maybe Mexico shouldn’t let YOU in the next time you try to run away from your job to sip umbrella drinks in Cancún.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 1, 2021
"Maybe Mexico shouldn't let YOU in the next time you try to run away from your job to sip umbrella drinks in Cancún."
AOC 1 - 0 Ted Cruz.
Well, Cruz's latest Twitter spat is with none other than The Daily Show.
On a recent episode, host Trevor Noah broke down the latest 2020 Census news.
The 2020 Census: New York gets screwed out of a House seat, Texas is the big winner, and we’re back in the 1930s. pic.twitter.com/nxxd2Cp6iF— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 28, 2021
In the clip, he playfully mocked the eighty-nine New Yorkers who didn't fill out their census form and reminded us all why The Great Depression was so bad: mainly, there was nowhere to sit.
He also expressed some form of disdain for Texas gaining 2 seats...
Something that, quite predictably, triggered Cruz.
The senator responded with this:
Trevor Noah whines that people are fleeing high-tax blue states & moving in droves to low-tax states like Texas, where the jobs are.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 28, 2021
Doesn’t understand why people like freedom.
Also predicts the Biden years will be the Great Depression. https://t.co/aNewrWtme1
"Trevor Noah whines that people are fleeing high-tax blue states & moving in droves to low-tax states like Texas, where the jobs are. Doesn't understand why people like freedom. Also predicts the Biden years will be the Great Depression."
I think he took Noah's monologue slightly out of context there, don't you?
Well, The Daily Show's official Twitter page wasn't going to let his comment slide.
They responded with this:
Not sure I'd be using the words "fleeing" and "Texas" in the same sentence, Senator Cancun https://t.co/hgRsrN11vQ— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 28, 2021
"Not sure I'd be using the words "fleeing" and "Texas" in the same sentence, Senator Cancun."
I know what you're thinking...
Sometimes I think Ted Cruz has a public humiliation fetish.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) April 28, 2021
Surely, there's no coming back from that?
Well, Cruz still had some ammunition left in his tank.
I wear your scorn with pride.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 28, 2021
I remember when the Daily Show was funny. https://t.co/swFSRNnTwc
He wrote back:
"I wear your scorn with pride. I remember when The Daily Show was funny."
But then, The Daily Show pulled out the real guns.
And with that Ted Cruz has officially fought back harder against a tweet from a late night show than he ever did when Trump called his wife ugly https://t.co/auWBOXEebh— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 28, 2021
"And with that Ted Cruz has officially fought back harder against a tweet from a late night show than he ever did when Trump called his wife ugly."
For a bit of context...
When Cruz and Trump were running their retrospective presidential campaigns in 2016, Trump shared a crudely made meme comparing their wives with the caption: "A picture is worth a thousand words."
Evidently at a loss, Cruz didn't respond to The Daily Show's final tweet.