Ted Cruz Tells Trevor Noah He Wears Comedian's Scorn 'With Pride'

Senator Ted Cruz told Trevor Noah that he wears the comedian's scorn "with pride" after the two had a heated exchange over Twitter on Wednesday.

"I remember when the Daily Show was funny," the Texas Republican wrote.

The dispute began when the senator retweeted a clip from Noah's The Daily Show in which the host discussed the newly completed U.S. census.

"Now, 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," Noah said on the segment. "Basically, immigration is down and the birth rate is falling, primarily due to this photo," as a picture of Cruz popped up on the screen.

"I don't know exactly what that says, but I do know that the 1930s sucked for America," the comedian added. "I mean there was the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, everything was black and white, and if you wanted somewhere to sit, you needed to climb a half-built skyscraper. Yo, that was a s***ty time to be alive."

The new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau means New York will lose a congressional seat and Texas will gain two—a shift Noah seemed upset about.

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

In response, Noah fired back by bringing up Cruz's February trip to Cancún, Mexico during the Texas power crisis produced by a severe winter storm.

"Not sure I'd be using the words 'fleeing' and 'Texas' in the same sentence, Senator Cancun," Noah tweeted.

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Senator Ted Cruz listens during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's confirmation hearing for Samantha Power, nominee to be administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, on March 23. Greg Nash/Pool

Cruz received widespread backlash earlier this year after photos showed him boarding a plane to Cancún as the Texas storm left millions without electricity or water for days and at least 57 dead. Many criticized the senator for fleeing during the state's crisis while most of his constituents were left without resources.

Cruz promptly flew back home the next day and apologized, saying that the trip was "obviously a mistake" and that he had "second thoughts" as soon as he boarded the plane.

"As it became a bigger and bigger firestorm, it became all the more compelling that I needed to come back," the senator said upon his return.

Noah had initially slammed Cruz about the trip back in February.

"After getting blasted for flying to Cancun when his own heat went off, Ted Cruz, Texas senator and Disney prince before true love's kiss, is now back in his home state doing the literal bare minimum for the sake of the cameras," Noah said on his February 22 show.

"Sorry, Cruz. This is not gonna cut it, my man," the TV host said. "See, this right here? This is the politician version of coming home with flowers the day after Valentine's Day. It's not nothing—but your a** is still sleeping on the couch."

Newsweek reached out Cruz's and Noah's representatives for comment but did not hear back before publication.