Beto O'Rourke vs. Ted Cruz

Erika Holt
November 7, 2018

First, Triumph visited the O'Rourke camp, where he mocked the candidate's attempt at punk music in the 1990s. Triumph, a.k.a. comic Robert Smigel, asked an O'Rourke supporter.

The last time we saw Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in action, in a 2016 Election special from back when we thought that comedy mattered, he was lamenting the fact that he couldn't get an interview with Ted Cruz. Triumph jokingly suggests that voters of color should "act more white" by dropping The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel into conversation, and mentioning Ed Sheeran as much as possible. "Because we think [O'Rourke is] pretty important".

After interviewing some voters, Triumph found Beto, asking if it concerns him if half his base thinks they can vote for him through Instagram, and if he's anxious about Texas voting machines.

"This is the man, what's Ted Cruz have that you don't have?"

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"I'm not saying Ted Cruz supports racist policies, but he was just given the 9 AM hour of Today show", Triumph snarked. "Because he's a ugly fish monster!" Conservatism is a hell of a drug.

Triumph also spends some time in the segment harassing supporters of both candidates, but really rises to the occasion in his face-to-face encounters with O'Rourke and Cruz, both of whom seem remarkably relaxed about interacting with a famously antangonistic canine puppet. "I support spaying and neutering", he says.

Triumph finally confronted Cruz after one of his rallies.

The contest is largely seen is a major indicator of Texans' views on President Trump and is seen as a predictor of how the state may vote in the 2020 presidential election.

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