The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently decided to send a beast of a correspondent down to one of the hottest contests of this midterm election—the Texas Senate race.
It’s a race so close and contentious for incumbent Senator Ted Cruz that President Trump ordered more than 5,100 U.S. troops to the U.S./Mexican border to distract voters from mid-term election issues and foment fear of approaching “migrant caravans.” A little levity might not only be nice but very necessary.
Enter Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (voiced by comic Robert Smigel) dispatched by Colbert to the campaign trail in Texas, where the cigar-wielding vinyl and faux fur puppet did what he does best: insult both candidates.
“…trust me, if Beto wants to stop border crossings quicker than Ted Cruz, they can just play his album down there.”
“Just remember: It wasn’t the Republicans, it was the Democrats that took you into the vet to get fixed and there is freedom on the other side.”
To which Triumph deftly replied:
“I support spaying and neutering, just like Trump did to you.”
It seemed both fans and politicos needing to blow off steam loved the sketch:
This is the best thing I've seen all day!!
— MS. VEE VANCE (@VLVANCE) November 6, 2018
OMG Triumph was BRILLIANT!Loved him talking to Cruz, aka "Lion Ted"😂😂😂😂😂😂Lion of the Senate! PRICEless!!!!😂😂😂😂
— #TrumpIsGuiltyAsFuck (@MADAMPrezToYou) November 6, 2018
OMG, I have tears running down my face from laughing at that dang dog. Lion Ted. A classic moment!!!
— Betty Boogaloo (@BettyBoogaloo) November 6, 2018
😂🤣😂🤣😂how true…Trump neutered Cruz..
How else can you be ok with a man who called your wife ugly and accused your father of murder?
VOTE BETO O’ROURKE IN TEXAS.
— P.Salvati Norris (@NorrispPattie) November 6, 2018
Though there were a few Cruz supporters in the crowd who didn’t find the jokes funny:
LMAO. Damn shame he's gonna be reelected tomorrow hey? Skipping thru this thread, gaging the level of pure Trump hatred I suspect Ted will be the one laughing by the end of tomorrow.
— Christon Shepard (@CristonL) November 6, 2018
Such nice and tame language from the leftist: inciting anger and violence as usual. Beto will lose to Cruz
— godislife (@revelation1963) November 6, 2018
Well he’s going to win by 10 points so why waste your time?
— BasedNebraska (@basednebraska) November 6, 2018
Here are a few more of the best bits from the segment:
“You can’t ignore me, Ted! I’m not overwhelming scientific evidence of global warming!" https://t.co/UFqFmCYWz4
— VICE (@VICE) November 6, 2018
Just light enough to vote😂🤣. The whole segment was hysterical.
— 🍁Deb 🍷💫 (@Dee_NY45) November 6, 2018
All those trumpers yelling "LYIN'! TED CRUZ! LYIN'! TED CRUZ!" ..sooo good hahahahahah
— Juliethe RealJules (@JTRJules) November 6, 2018