Stephen Colbert 'Late Show' Gives 'Hungry For Power Games' Send Off to 'Dyin' Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz's withdrawal from the 2016 Republican presidential race is now official.
The former presidential candidate and current junior Texas senator was recently assured of as much when he became "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert's latest sendoff target during his "Hungry for Power Games" skit.
Like countless candidates before him, Colbert used part of a recent episode to talk up Cruz's demise.
Cruz Down and Out
"Last night's big loser was Texas senator and half-kissed frog prince Ted Cruz, who joined the ranks of the fallen," said Colbert, who also used part of that same episode to ridicule the fall of Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
In his speech, Colbert commended Cruz for going "down swinging," especially the scene at the end of his concession speech where he elbowed his wife in the head.
Even as he marveled as Cruz's determination and tenacity in winning 11 states, the perceptive talk show host chided him over his inability to "win lasting alliances."
John Boehner Rips Former Colleague
Later, he noted how former House Speaker and fellow party member John Boehner referred to him as "Lucifer in the flesh," and the way a onetime college roommate interjected, "Ted Cruz is a nightmare of a human being."
Colbert also took time to point out some of Cruz's current colleagues don't exactly hold the fondest of memories of him either. Sen. Lindsay Graham's, R-S.C., had joked that "if you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you," left Colbert teasing, "So if Ted Cruz is ever killed, we can narrow the suspects down to someone who has met him."
Later, Colbert allowed presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to have the last word about one of his biggest rivals.
"Lyin' Ted is lyin' in the ground," he said as a picture of Trump was raised. "He ran a tough race," he added. "But he was really bad at it. And his father killed J.F.K. Pathetic."
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