Sen. Ted Cruz feuds with Trevor Noah on Twitter: ‘I remember when the Daily Show was funny’

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asks a question during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

  • Ted Cruz and Trevor Noah feuded on Twitter on Wednesday, sparked by the new Census figures.
  • Noah lamented that New York was slated to lose a district and took a swipe at Cruz.
  • Cruz responded to Noah by praising the population growth in “low-tax states.”
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A Twitter feud between GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah erupted on Wednesday, sparked by the comedian’s commentary about New York losing a congressional district following the 2020 census.

On Tuesday, Noah lamented that New York was 89 individuals shy of retaining all of its 27 House seats, while the census results revealed that Texas would gain two House seats.

“This is unbelievable,” Noah said in a video. “You’re telling me that if just 89 more New Yorkers had filled out their census, the state wouldn’t have lost a House seat?”

He added: “Aside from New York getting screwed, the big news out of the census is that America’s population grew at the slowest rate since the 1930s.”

In the video, Noah quickly pivoted to mocking Cruz.

“Basically, immigration is down and the birth rate is falling, primarily due to this photo,” he said, revealing an image of Cruz wearing a baseball hat.

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He added: “I don’t know exactly what that says, but I do know that the 1930s sucked for America,” where he spoke of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and black-and-white photos.

Cruz responded on Wednesday, criticizing Democratic states and praising “low-tax” states.

“Trevor Noah whines that people are fleeing high-tax blue states & moving in droves to low-tax states like Texas, where the jobs are,” he wrote. “Doesn’t understand why people like freedom. Also predicts the Biden years will be the Great Depression.”

Noah replied to Cruz, referencing the senator’s February trip to Mexico during a severe winter storm that led to a major power crisis in Texas.

“Not sure I’d be using the words ‘fleeing’ and ‘Texas’ in the same sentence, Senator Cancun,” he wrote.

Cruz hit back at Noah, delivering a knock at the comedian’s show.

“I wear your scorn with pride,” he wrote. “I remember when the Daily Show was funny.”

Noah had previously mocked Cruz for his trip to Mexico, poking at the Texas senator for saying he went on the excursion “to be a good dad.”

“Ted Cruz blaming his daughters for this is just gross,” Noah wrote at the time. “Being a good father means putting them on a bus, not throwing them under one.”

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Trevor Noah calls out Obama for joking about Trump and then Kanye West – both of whom ended up running for president

President Barack Obama speaks about his administration’s drone and counterterrorism policies, as well as the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, May 23, 2013.

  • Comedian Trevor Noah poked fun at former President Barack Obama for roasting both President Donald Trump and Kanye West, claiming it was Obama’s jokes that pushed them to run for office. 
  • “Are you going to be more careful moving forward about who you roast?” Noah asked Obama. 
  • The former president then joked about roasting people he liked more and even made a birtherism joke. 
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Trevor Noah joked that former President Barack Obama’s quips about both President Donald Trump and Kanye West pushed them both to run for office. 

“Are you going to be more careful, moving forward, about who you roast? I say this because you roasted Donald Trump. He ran for president. You roasted Kanye West. He ran for president,” Noah told Obama during an interview.

He added: “So, I don’t know if you noticed but you have an ability to inspire people to run for the highest office in the land, with some of the jokes you tell about them.”

Obama and comedian Seth Meyers bantered about the possibility of a Trump run for office during a 2011 White House Correspondents dinner. 

In 2015, when Kanye West initially announced that he would run for president in 2020, Obama made a few jokes as advice for the rapper including: “Saying that you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy, that’s what’s known as ‘off message’ in politics.”

Obama even poked a joke at himself while roasting West. 

“Do you really think this country is gonna let a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name be president of the United States?” Obama said.

In his interview with Noah, Obama joked that he should “roast people I admire more.”

He then suggested he roast Noah more often, and made a birtherism joke. 

In the past, Trump repeatedly and baselessly insinuated that Obama was not born in the US and was not a US citizen. Trump called on Obama to release his birth certificate to prove that he was born in the US, during the 2012 presidential election. 

“I’ll start roasting you man, who knows. Although you weren’t born here,” Obama said. “But look I was able to get away with it apparently.”



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