During a town hall debate on CNN Wednesday evening, Ted Cruz cracked a painful dad joke at Bernie Sanders' expense.
The two senators, who were sparring over the new GOP tax plan, were in the midst of a heated debate when Cruz noted to an animated Sanders: "As some might say, curb your enthusiasm."
After a laugh from the crowd, Cruz went on to tell Sanders: "By the way, the impression Larry David does of you is spectacular, and uncanny."
Sanders replied: "And someday, you may also have somebody impersonating you."
"All I need is a bunch of left-wing comedy writers to want to glamorize it," Cruz speculated.
Ted Cruz to Bernie Sanders: "As some might say, 'curb your enthusiasm'" #CNNDebateNight https://t.co/eyLYEUmzKm— CNN (@CNN) 1508379250.0
The reference Cruz alluded to is of special significance, since it was recently revealed that Larry David, the star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," is, in fact, related to Sanders. David found out the mind-blowing connection when he was featured in an episode of the PBS program "Find Your Roots," which offers celebrities the chance to explore their familial lineage and history.
Larry David and Bernie Sanders' reactions to finding out they're related are PRICELESS 😂 https://t.co/BGvQefuVyX https://t.co/xprI9Hsi2h— Complex Pop Culture (@Complex Pop Culture) 1507507251.0
Cruz has been on a humor kick this week, starting when Sen. Ben Sasse accidentally spilled a Dr Pepper on Cruz, which led to an almost unbelievable Twitter exchange in which Cruz acknowledged and made fun of the theory that he's the Zodiac Killer, as well as Trump's recent claims that Cruz's father was involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.
Here's how that exchange went down:
I think this is an experience we all wish we could have Sen. Sasse: I dumped a Dr. Pepper on Sen. Cruz https://t.co/L5qE43IXLD— Lis Power (@Lis Power) 1508344576.0
…lol— Emma Loop (@Emma Loop) 1508344317.0
@BenSasse If I were sitting with the son of the guy who killed Kennedy I might do worse than spill some Dr Pepper.— Neil Hansen (@Neil Hansen) 1508346278.0
full disclosure: i was wearing my "Lee Harvey Oswald Was Framed" t-shirt https://t.co/93lKIizkVO— Ben Sasse (@Ben Sasse) 1508348319.0
@BenSasse https://t.co/CRKdrSDWes— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1508349141.0
For those who don't know, the image Cruz shared is one of the Zodiac Killer's famous encrypted letters.
Twitter was in shock:
I think Ted Cruz just admitted to being the Zodiac Killer. https://t.co/xwwJcO9CS3— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1508349814.0
twitter was invented solely so we could all watch a Senator from Texas admit to being the zodiac killer https://t.co/uy9g1UY6qJ— Thomas Moore (@Thomas Moore) 1508349875.0
ME: You're the Zodiac Killer. TED CRUZ: No, I'm not! ME: OK, you're that Senator who jerked off. TED CRUZ: ...ok I'm the Zodiac Killer.— Jesse McLaren (@Jesse McLaren) 1508350500.0
I'm supposed to be taking a mental health day today. But then I remembered Bernie's debating the zodiac killer on CNN l8ter.— Winifred (@Winifred) 1508348009.0
But while Twitter may have appreciated Cruz's Twitter joke, not everyone was quite so sure that his joke to Sanders came from a good place:
It's a good thing Bernie and Larry David are related or else Ted Cruz's "curb your enthusiasm" would be lowkey anti-Semitic— Nathaniel Friedman (@Nathaniel Friedman) 1508386017.0
Ted: CURB your enthusiasm, Bernie lol. Get it? Cuz Larry David and you are both um.. BS: Both what, Ted? TC: JEWS! Oops! I mean...FUCK!!— Dr. Elvin Melvin Pelvin II (@Dr. Elvin Melvin Pelvin II) 1508426892.0
But everyone else had a good laugh:
Ted Cruz just told Bernie Sanders to "Curb your enthusiasm." I'm rolling on the floor. #CNNDebateNight— #ThePersistence (@#ThePersistence) 1508379044.0
Ted Cruz tells Bernie to curb his enthusiasm #CNNDebateNight https://t.co/4EkFMRVDtw— Bob (@Bob) 1508379042.0
Cruz just told Sanders to “Curb your enthusiasm.” Game. Set. Match. #CNNDebateNight— Chris Pandolfo (@Chris Pandolfo) 1508379015.0
Well, maybe not everyone:
Nobody likes a Ted Cruz joke more than Ted Cruz. He's feelin himself hard on that Curb joke— Paul Sporer (@Paul Sporer) 1508378989.0
What's really pathetic is that you know he came in there having prewritten that joke https://t.co/qa4veFBmp3— Lemon Curry, (@Lemon Curry,) 1508385305.0
Ugh, Ted Cruz cracked a 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' joke. https://t.co/yQYKZrdCAL https://t.co/pYNJBoWHrR— Ashley Richardson (@Ashley Richardson) 1508434596.0
And Sanders clearly missed an opportunity to roast Cruz right back:
So here’s @tedcruz telling @SenSanders “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Now if Bernie makes a ZodiacKiller joke I can die ha… https://t.co/KVS3rvMIOB— Congressman Jerry Dunleavy (@Congressman Jerry Dunleavy) 1508379482.0
I guess we'll just have to hope for a rematch.
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