Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is once again embroiled in a social media spat, this time involving Daily Show host Trevor Noah regarding the first batch of numbers released from the 2020 United States Census.
It all started when The Daily Show's official Twitter account posted a segment of Noah's, breaking down Census-imposed developments, including New York's loss of a Congressional seat by only 89 people.
The 2020 Census: New York gets screwed out of a House seat, Texas is the big winner, and we’re back in the 1930s. https://t.co/nxxd2Cp6iF— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show) 1619611320.0
"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. Basically, immigration is down and the birth rate is falling, primarily due to this photo."
Noah then displayed a photo of Cruz.
It wasn't long before Cruz responded in a quote tweet of the video.
Trevor Noah whines that people are fleeing high-tax blue states & moving in droves to low-tax states like Texas, wh… https://t.co/bi2QpvYEDJ— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1619614746.0
Cruz attributed the shrinking population of New York to the "fleeing" of "high-tax blue states" in favor of states like Texas, which he represents in the Senate.
Speaking of fleeing states, Cruz fled Texas earlier this year in the immediate aftermath of a winter storm that decimated its independent power grid, leaving millions of Texans without power and electricity.
Cruz, family in tow, flew to sunny Cancún, Mexico in order to ride out the storm. He ended up returning early after widespread outcry, and soon posted photos of himself putting a case of bottled water in a car trunk to show that he was helping his constituents.
The Daily Show reminded him of this in its response.
Not sure I'd be using the words "fleeing" and "Texas" in the same sentence, Senator Cancun https://t.co/hgRsrN11vQ— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show) 1619615547.0
Calling Cruz "Senator Cancun," the account advised against Cruz using the words "fleeing" and "Texas" in the same sentence.
Social media proceeded to assist The Daily Show in roasting the Senator.
Ouch #CancunCruz https://t.co/3qG6pcxAjZ— Republicans against Trumpism (@Republicans against Trumpism) 1619625333.0
Uh oh. Ted Cruz is totally unarmed in a battle of wits. https://t.co/vlgh399DL5— Heidi (@Heidi) 1619625810.0
I JUST SPAT OUT MY DRINK https://t.co/64BcUkgNf6— Namu (@Namu) 1619626587.0
Ah, it’s my favorite day of the week! It’s roast Ted Cruz on Twitter day! https://t.co/zNrO7q4IkY— Megan ⚓️ (@Megan ⚓️) 1619625421.0
Just another day of Rafael getting bodied ☺️ https://t.co/oJGERxuZYX— Daniel (@Daniel) 1619618650.0
But The Daily Show wasn't the only one who responded to Cruz's tweet.
"Freedom" like that deregulated power grid that caused @tedcruz to flee from Texas in February when they were in th… https://t.co/0yREkwWdpw— Wyatt Cenac (@Wyatt Cenac) 1619622851.0
You have no room to talk about "fleeing" from anything after you fled Texas during a winter storm that was literall… https://t.co/mVeZEfooZS— Mike Sarzo 😷 (@Mike Sarzo 😷) 1619621537.0
Trevor Noah grew up in South Africa I think you find he understands more than most what the lack of freedom means &… https://t.co/lANAZBPfeX— Clare Cosgrove (@Clare Cosgrove) 1619621198.0
Cruz's response was somewhat limp.
I wear your scorn with pride. I remember when the Daily Show was funny. https://t.co/swFSRNnTwc— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1619620424.0
And the hits kept coming, with The Daily Show referencing the time during the 2016 Republican primaries when then-candidate Donald Trump insulted Cruz's wife's looks. Cruz went on to vocally support Trump throughout his time in the White House.
And with that Ted Cruz has officially fought back harder against a tweet from a late night show than he ever did wh… https://t.co/yILJ6uCKUL— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show) 1619625182.0
Hopefully Cruz's job as a United States Senator will keep him too preoccupied to engage further.