The Daily Beast reports:
As Stephen Colbert explained Monday night, with Conan O’Brien off this week, he was “kind enough to lend” his field correspondent to The Daily Show. Not only did Triumph, as played by Colbert’s old colleague Robert Smigel from The Dana Carvey Show, come face-to-face with Cruz, he also met up with his wildly popular Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke.
“I love the way you are anybody but Ted Cruz,” Triumph told O’Rourke before skewering his enthusiastic millennial base for thinking they can “vote through Instagram.” He asked, “What does Ted Cruz have that you don’t have, besides the ability to regenerate his tail?” making the Democrat laugh and shake his head.
The Week reports:
He ribbed Cruz harder than O’Rourke, but Cruz also made more of an effort to join in on the insult comedy, to mixed effect. “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,” Cruz told the dog puppet.
“I support spaying and neutering, just like Trump did to you,” Triumph shot back. Cruz laughed and the interview was over. But Triumph wasn’t done — he got the Cruz crowd to shout “Lion of the Senate,” which got shortened to “Lion” and then “Lion Ted Cruz.” Get it?