Trent Reznor says he told Ted Cruz to “fuck off” when he tried to get on a NIN guest list

It’s pretty well-established at this point that Ted Cruz suuucks, but the one person in the entire world who hasn’t quite recognized that is Ted Cruz himself. It would be a little sad if he weren’t quite so awful, because then maybe we could actually f…

It’s pretty well-established at this point that Ted Cruz suuucks, but the one person in the entire world who hasn’t quite recognized that is Ted Cruz himself. It would be a little sad if he weren’t quite so awful, because then maybe we could actually feel a little sympathy for him, but no, he’s just really goddamn…

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Here, unfortunately, is Ted Cruz’s beard

Ted Cruz should be happy. Earlier this month, following a hard-fought campaign, he secured a second term as Senator, besting Democratic hopeful and reluctant sexual icon Beto O’Rourke. He should, in theory, be on top of the world. So, why does Ted Cruz…

Ted Cruz should be happy. Earlier this month, following a hard-fought campaign, he secured a second term as Senator, besting Democratic hopeful and reluctant sexual icon Beto O’Rourke. He should, in theory, be on top of the world. So, why does Ted Cruz look like he was just fired from his part-time job at GameStop for…

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Jim Carrey Praises ‘Budding Mr Smith’ Beto O’Rourke in Latest Artwork

Despite mixed results for the Democratic party in Tuesday night’s midterm elections, Jim Carrey clearly isn’t feeling blue about things.

Well, not in the traditional sense of the phrase, anyway.

On Wednesday, after the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives but failed to take the Senate, actor/artist Carrey graced fans with his latest political artwork. In it, Carrey praised the “record numbers of women who rose to the challenge of restoring the balance.”

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He also singled out Beto O’Rourke, who was ultimately defeated by incumbent Ted Cruz for a Senate seat representing Texas.

In his post, Carrey predicted of O’Rourke that there are “great things in store for this budding Mr. Smith.”

“My congratulations to the record numbers of women who rose to the challenge of restoring the balance. Also last night a Star was born: Beto O’Rourke: a smart and decent guy who very nearly turned Texas blue,” Carrey wrote. “There are great things in store for this budding Mr. Smith.”

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The accompanying image depicted O’Rourke addressing the Senate, clutching at papers in his hands, in an apparent homage to the classic James Stewart film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

Following the tight race for the Senate spot, O’Rourke delivered a passionate concession speech, during which he declared, “I’m so f—ing proud of you guys.”

Clearly, as far as Carrey is concerned, the pride is mutual.

See Carrey’s latest below.

My congratulations to the record numbers of women who rose to the challenge of restoring the balance. Also last night a Star was born: Beto O’Rourke: a smart and decent guy who very nearly turned Texas blue. There are great things in store for this budding Mr. Smith. pic.twitter.com/M0Dd3zS1ph

– Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) November 7, 2018

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Despite mixed results for the Democratic party in Tuesday night’s midterm elections, Jim Carrey clearly isn’t feeling blue about things.

Well, not in the traditional sense of the phrase, anyway.

On Wednesday, after the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives but failed to take the Senate, actor/artist Carrey graced fans with his latest political artwork. In it, Carrey praised the “record numbers of women who rose to the challenge of restoring the balance.”

He also singled out Beto O’Rourke, who was ultimately defeated by incumbent Ted Cruz for a Senate seat representing Texas.

In his post, Carrey predicted of O’Rourke that there are “great things in store for this budding Mr. Smith.”

“My congratulations to the record numbers of women who rose to the challenge of restoring the balance. Also last night a Star was born: Beto O’Rourke: a smart and decent guy who very nearly turned Texas blue,” Carrey wrote. “There are great things in store for this budding Mr. Smith.”

The accompanying image depicted O’Rourke addressing the Senate, clutching at papers in his hands, in an apparent homage to the classic James Stewart film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

Following the tight race for the Senate spot, O’Rourke delivered a passionate concession speech, during which he declared, “I’m so f—ing proud of you guys.”

Clearly, as far as Carrey is concerned, the pride is mutual.

See Carrey’s latest below.

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Hollywood Stars Call for Beto O’Rourke to Run for President in 2020 After Losing to Ted Cruz

Beto O’Rourke’s loss to Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race Tuesday night did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of his supporters, many of whom immediately called on the Democratic congressman to put the Cruz fight behind him and seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Leading the pack was one of Hollywood’s biggest Beto Boosters, Alyssa Milano.

“Beto lost? That’s ok. Now he can run for President,” the former “Charmed” actress said, adding a “#Beto2020” hashtag.

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Beto lost? That’s ok. Now he can run for President.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 7, 2018

As of Wednesday morning, Milano’s call was closing in 10,000 retweets. Many others took up the mantle as well, saying O’Rourke’s near miss against Cruz was proof of his national potential.

Guys – if Beto can get 49% of the vote in Texas, what can he get in, um, America?

— Gotham Chopra (@gothamchopra) November 7, 2018

Beto might have lost Texas but his loss has paved the way for him to run for President. #Beto2020

— Paola Mendoza (@paolamendoza) November 7, 2018

Beto/Gillum 2020.

— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) November 7, 2018

Beto 2020. Let’s do this.

— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) November 7, 2018

Beyond Hollywood, the idea snagged at least one professional voice as well in the form of CNBC journalist John Harwood.

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“If Beto gets persuaded to run for president in 2020, he will instantly become a top-tier candidate,” he said in response to the Betomania.

if Beto gets persuaded to run for president in 2020, he will instantly become a top-tier candidate https://t.co/AkjFLKzFt3

— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) November 7, 2018

Though he did better than any Texas Democrat in a generation, O’Rourke ultimately went down to Cruz, losing the Senate content by more than 200,000 votes.

During an MSNBC analysis of the race, Rachel Maddow said Cruz had savvily turned his “repellent” personality into an asset.

“He has never campaigned as a politician as being a guy you would like to be around. He has campaigned as a sort of World Wrestling villain, right?” said Maddow. “‘Your hate makes me stronger.’ So we’re all talking like that’s a weakness. Ted Cruz knows that he has a repellent personality. He has just turned it to his advantage.”

Beto himself repeatedly ruled out a presidential run on the campaign trail, telling voters his only aim in the race was serving as Senator from Texas.

He went on to drop an F-bomb Tuesday night while thanking his supporters for their spirited challenge against Cruz, saying: “All of you, showing the country how you do this. I’m so f—ing proud of you guys.”

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Beto O’Rourke’s loss to Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race Tuesday night did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of his supporters, many of whom immediately called on the Democratic congressman to put the Cruz fight behind him and seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Leading the pack was one of Hollywood’s biggest Beto Boosters, Alyssa Milano.

“Beto lost? That’s ok. Now he can run for President,” the former “Charmed” actress said, adding a “#Beto2020” hashtag.

As of Wednesday morning, Milano’s call was closing in 10,000 retweets. Many others took up the mantle as well, saying O’Rourke’s near miss against Cruz was proof of his national potential.

Beyond Hollywood, the idea snagged at least one professional voice as well in the form of CNBC journalist John Harwood.

“If Beto gets persuaded to run for president in 2020, he will instantly become a top-tier candidate,” he said in response to the Betomania.

Though he did better than any Texas Democrat in a generation, O’Rourke ultimately went down to Cruz, losing the Senate content by more than 200,000 votes.

During an MSNBC analysis of the race, Rachel Maddow said Cruz had savvily turned his “repellent” personality into an asset.

“He has never campaigned as a politician as being a guy you would like to be around. He has campaigned as a sort of World Wrestling villain, right?” said Maddow. “‘Your hate makes me stronger.’ So we’re all talking like that’s a weakness. Ted Cruz knows that he has a repellent personality. He has just turned it to his advantage.”

Beto himself repeatedly ruled out a presidential run on the campaign trail, telling voters his only aim in the race was serving as Senator from Texas.

He went on to drop an F-bomb Tuesday night while thanking his supporters for their spirited challenge against Cruz, saying: “All of you, showing the country how you do this. I’m so f—ing proud of you guys.”

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Beto O’Rourke Drops F-Bomb on Live TV During Concession Speech

Beto O’Rourke was too proud to hold back an f-bomb on national television late Tuesday. Following a narrow defeat to Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, O’Rourke, the celebrity-backed Democrat and former punk rocker, told his supporters he was &#822…

Beto O’Rourke was too proud to hold back an f-bomb on national television late Tuesday. Following a narrow defeat to Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, O’Rourke, the celebrity-backed Democrat and former punk rocker, told his supporters he was “so f—ing proud” of them at the end of his concession speech in El Paso. “Tonight’s loss […]

Ted Cruz Projected To Beat Hollywood Fave Beto O’Rourke In Texas, All But Securing Senate For GOP

Beto O’Rourke appears to have failed in his long-shot bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, a state that no Democrat has carried for president in 42 years.
The Associated Press and other news outlets project Cruz will win re-…

Beto O’Rourke appears to have failed in his long-shot bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, a state that no Democrat has carried for president in 42 years. The Associated Press and other news outlets project Cruz will win re-election, in a victory that crushes Democratic hopes to retake the Senate with the help of the charismatic three-term congressman from El Paso. Social media helped the progressive rise to national prominence. In the aftermath of…

Rachel Maddow: Ted Cruz Made His ‘Repellent Personality’ an Asset

Soon before Ted Cruz won a second term in the Senate on Tuesday, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow opined that his “repellant personality” might be an advantage.

“He has never campaigned as a politician as being a guy you would like to be around. He has campaigned as a sort of World Wrestling villain, right?” said Maddow. “Your hate makes me stronger. So we’re all talking like that’s a weakness. Ted Cruz knows that he has a repellent personality. He has just turned it to his advantage.”

Cruz beat Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, a liberal favorite who became a Hollywood darling.

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There was broad agreement on the panel that Cruz was personally disgusting — particularly when compared to O’Rourke.

“A very attractive charismatic candidate,” said MSNBC mainstay Eugene Robinson, who said that O’Rourke has the “X-factor.”

Cruz 47, entered the national political scene in 1999 as a policy advisor on the George W. Bush presidential campaign, later working on Bush’s legal fight in the 2000 Florida presidential recount.

He won his Senate seat in 2012 after defeating the GOP lieutenant governor in a primary that the Washington Post called “the biggest upset” that year. His conservative views made him a polarizing figure. Cruz lost a bitterly fought race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination to Donald Trump, but they overcame that history to campaign together at a rally last month.

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Soon before Ted Cruz won a second term in the Senate on Tuesday, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow opined that his “repellant personality” might be an advantage.

“He has never campaigned as a politician as being a guy you would like to be around. He has campaigned as a sort of World Wrestling villain, right?” said Maddow. “Your hate makes me stronger. So we’re all talking like that’s a weakness. Ted Cruz knows that he has a repellent personality. He has just turned it to his advantage.”

Cruz beat Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, a liberal favorite who became a Hollywood darling.

There was broad agreement on the panel that Cruz was personally disgusting — particularly when compared to O’Rourke.

“A very attractive charismatic candidate,” said MSNBC mainstay Eugene Robinson, who said that O’Rourke has the “X-factor.”

Cruz 47, entered the national political scene in 1999 as a policy advisor on the George W. Bush presidential campaign, later working on Bush’s legal fight in the 2000 Florida presidential recount.

He won his Senate seat in 2012 after defeating the GOP lieutenant governor in a primary that the Washington Post called “the biggest upset” that year. His conservative views made him a polarizing figure. Cruz lost a bitterly fought race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination to Donald Trump, but they overcame that history to campaign together at a rally last month.

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Dissed Ted Cruz to His Face, and It Was Absolutely Savage — Watch

The Robert Smigel favorite headed down to Texas for a bit that aired on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog made a return to television in the best way possible during an election-themed video that ran during the November 5 episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Triumph, the puppet creation of comic Robert Smigel, went down to Texas to speak with Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic rival, Beto O’Rourke, before the Midterm Election.

For some unwise reason, Cruz decided to crack a joke to Triumph at an event.  “Just remember,” the senator told Triumph, “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.”

As Cruz and some his supporters laughed at the joke, Triumph delivered one of the most epic comedic rebuttals of his life, telling Cruz, “I support spaying and neutering, just like Trump did to you.”

The savage burn has gone viral on the internet, especially since Triumph said it directly to Cruz’s face. The puppet canine was much more civil while stopping at an O’Rourke event, joking with some of the candidate’s supporters.

“Have you ever actually heard his music?” Triumph asked an O’Rourke supporter, alluding to the candidate’s attempt at punk music in the 1990s. “Well, trust me, if Beto wants to stop border crossings quicker than Ted Cruz, they can just play his album down there.”

Triumph followed in Richard Linklater’s footsteps by heading to Texas to deliver an epic Ted Cruz burn. Last month, Linklater released a pair of political advertisements slamming Cruz for using the “tough as Texas” slogan.

Viewers can watch Triumph’s Cruz diss and his entire appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” in the embedded video below.

Beto O’Rourke Has Spent More on Google Ads Than Any Other Candidate

Beto O’Rourke is spending big to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz.
In fact, the Texas Democrat has spent more than any other individual politician on Google advertisements leading up to Election Day. The “Beto for Texas” campaign invested nearly …

Beto O’Rourke is spending big to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz.

In fact, the Texas Democrat has spent more than any other individual politician on Google advertisements leading up to Election Day. The “Beto for Texas” campaign invested nearly $2 million into Google ads, according to the tech giant’s political ad tracking tool, putting him about $250,000 ahead of President Trump, who was the next highest political spender on Google. That’s also about six times as much money spent on Google ads as Cruz, as O’Rourke looks to become the first Democratic senator from Texas since 1993.

O’Rourke’s campaign has raised $69.1 million — the most money out of any congressional candidate. The bulk of O’Rourke’s spending has come in the last month, with about $1 million out of $1.9 million spent since Oct. 1, according to Google. Most of O’Rourke’s ads have been brief “make a plan to vote for Beto” ads that run between $100 and $1,000 apiece, although he’s also paid for 30-second video ads as well.

A look at O’Rourke’s spending on Google ads in the last month (via Google)

The 46-year-old El Paso native has been hailed by many on the left as a charismatic, eloquent and Obama-like option for 2018 voters. O’Rourke’s critics on the left have scoffed at him for skateboarding in a Whataburger parking lot and, more seriously, a 1998 drunken driving charge.

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Lifts His Leg on Ted Cruz With Brutal Megyn Kelly Burn (Video)

We haven’t seen Triumph the Insult Comic Dog for quite a while, but Robert Smigel’s puppet pooch has still got it. The cigar-chomping Rottweiler treated Ted Cruz like a fire hydrant on Monday’s “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Triumph and Smigel spent some time just before Tuesday’s midterm elections down in Texas, where Republican Cruz is defending his Senate seat against Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

Beto’s supporters got hit with a solid Netflix joke, and then another about “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” But Smigel’s actual ire was (predictably) reserved for Cruz and his voters.

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Of particular interest to our readers, the conservatives felt Triumph’s wrath via “Duck Dynasty” and “The Shape of Water” jokes.

And then there was the best slight of the day, which also was rooted in entertainment and media.

“I’m not saying Ted Cruz supports racist policies, but he was just given the 9 a.m. hour of the ‘Today’ show,” Triumph told a group of Texans.

For those who have been hibernating since mid-October, that’s a slight at Megyn Kelly losing her NBC morning show after initially defending wearing blackface on Halloween.

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Finally, Triumph made his way to the front of the crowd, where he actually got some face time with Cruz himself.

When Cruz told Triumph that it was the Democrats and not the Republicans who had him fixed, Smigel quickly came up with this comeback: “I support spaying and neutering — just like Trump did to you.”

Ouch. Talk about a kick in the …

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Watch the video above — and get out and vote today.

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We haven’t seen Triumph the Insult Comic Dog for quite a while, but Robert Smigel’s puppet pooch has still got it. The cigar-chomping Rottweiler treated Ted Cruz like a fire hydrant on Monday’s “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Triumph and Smigel spent some time just before Tuesday’s midterm elections down in Texas, where Republican Cruz is defending his Senate seat against Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

Beto’s supporters got hit with a solid Netflix joke, and then another about “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” But Smigel’s actual ire was (predictably) reserved for Cruz and his voters.

Of particular interest to our readers, the conservatives felt Triumph’s wrath via “Duck Dynasty” and “The Shape of Water” jokes.

And then there was the best slight of the day, which also was rooted in entertainment and media.

“I’m not saying Ted Cruz supports racist policies, but he was just given the 9 a.m. hour of the ‘Today’ show,” Triumph told a group of Texans.

For those who have been hibernating since mid-October, that’s a slight at Megyn Kelly losing her NBC morning show after initially defending wearing blackface on Halloween.

Finally, Triumph made his way to the front of the crowd, where he actually got some face time with Cruz himself.

When Cruz told Triumph that it was the Democrats and not the Republicans who had him fixed, Smigel quickly came up with this comeback: “I support spaying and neutering — just like Trump did to you.”

Ouch. Talk about a kick in the …

Watch the video above — and get out and vote today.

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Triumph Insult Comic Dog: Ted Cruz So Racist He Got 9 AM Hour of ‘Today’

Stephen Colbert’s Late Show sent Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to Texas, to interview incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and the Dem candidate who wants his seat, Beto O’Rourke.
First, Triumph talked to early-voting Beto fans, a “terrifying swarm…

Stephen Colbert’s Late Show sent Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to Texas, to interview incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and the Dem candidate who wants his seat, Beto O’Rourke. First, Triumph talked to early-voting Beto fans, a “terrifying swarm of degenerate leftists with one thing in common: they all share the same Netflix account.” With reports of voter suppression and voting machines switching Dem votes, Triumph (aka Robert Smigel) coached Beto fans how to “behave more white” at…

Peter Thiel Calls Trump’s Nicknames ‘Powerfully Accurate’

Peter Thiel doesn’t have an issue with President Trump’s nicknames for his opponents, even if his critics find them a bit crass.

“I don’t think President Trump’s nicknames are that nasty,” Thiel said at the DealBook conference in New York City on Thursday. “They are powerfully accurate.”

One nickname that particularly resonated with Thiel: “Low energy” Jeb Bush. “I met him,” Thiel said. “I was thinking to myself; why is this person even running?”

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Thiel didn’t back away from his position as Trump’s most prominent fan in the tech world, saying that he’s planning on supporting the president when he runs for re-election in 2020. “I don’t think there’s something that’s going to change my mind,” he said.

The entrepreneur, when pressed by moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin, said there is plenty to “quibble” about with the president’s agenda on a daily basis. On whether or not President Trump lies, Thiel drew moans from the crowd, saying “I tend to think that the inaccuracies President Trump tells are basically exaggerations of the truth.”  He added lying is “just politics,” while pointing to Barack Obama’s healthcare claims and George W. Bush launching the Iraq war as examples.

Thiel’s support for Trump has long put him at odds with Silicon Valley’s tech elite — something that spurred his decision to move to Los Angeles earlier this year. Thiel chided the tech epicenter for becoming a “one-party state,” unwilling to humor conservatives when Sorkin asked about his move.

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“It feels like it’s jumped the shark,” Thiel continued in his Silicon Valley assessment. “The network effects are more negative than positive. It’s not the wisdom of crowds — it’s the madness of crowds.”

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Peter Thiel doesn’t have an issue with President Trump’s nicknames for his opponents, even if his critics find them a bit crass.

“I don’t think President Trump’s nicknames are that nasty,” Thiel said at the DealBook conference in New York City on Thursday. “They are powerfully accurate.”

One nickname that particularly resonated with Thiel: “Low energy” Jeb Bush. “I met him,” Thiel said. “I was thinking to myself; why is this person even running?”

Thiel didn’t back away from his position as Trump’s most prominent fan in the tech world, saying that he’s planning on supporting the president when he runs for re-election in 2020. “I don’t think there’s something that’s going to change my mind,” he said.

The entrepreneur, when pressed by moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin, said there is plenty to “quibble” about with the president’s agenda on a daily basis. On whether or not President Trump lies, Thiel drew moans from the crowd, saying “I tend to think that the inaccuracies President Trump tells are basically exaggerations of the truth.”  He added lying is “just politics,” while pointing to Barack Obama’s healthcare claims and George W. Bush launching the Iraq war as examples.

Thiel’s support for Trump has long put him at odds with Silicon Valley’s tech elite — something that spurred his decision to move to Los Angeles earlier this year. Thiel chided the tech epicenter for becoming a “one-party state,” unwilling to humor conservatives when Sorkin asked about his move.

“It feels like it’s jumped the shark,” Thiel continued in his Silicon Valley assessment. “The network effects are more negative than positive. It’s not the wisdom of crowds — it’s the madness of crowds.”

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Ted Cruz Takes Stab at Humor, Tweets Zodiac Killer Confession in Halloween Post

Texas Senator Ted Cruz took a stab at humor on Wednesday, recycling a joke he made last year about being the Zodiac Killer.

“Happy Halloween,” Cruz wrote in a tweet, along with an image of one of the infamous cryptic letters by the so called Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who was known to be active from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

Happy Halloween pic.twitter.com/jIgTaIMzep

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 31, 2018

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Cruz was referencing a long running internet joke that he’s the infamous killer.

But despite his best efforts, the joke seemed to be dead on arrival.

When Ted tweets something funny. pic.twitter.com/nxBx7f1WvR

– Jeremy Aguilar (@Jaremeboii) October 31, 2018

Finally embracing the meme ????

– Jaedon Staples (@JaedonStaples) October 31, 2018

Cruz was born in 1970, two years before the first Zodiac murder. But that hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theory from gaining traction online. The meme originated from a 2013 tweet from an account called @RedPillAmerica.

#CPAC Alert: Ted Cruz is speaking!! His speech is titled: ‘This Is The Zodiac Speaking’

— Now…Where was I? (@BlueFuckingWave) March 14, 2013

The theory soon took a life of its own.

Wake up America #ZodiacTed pic.twitter.com/l7qqqXpDQk

— Griffin (@NotGriffinNope) February 2, 2016

It got so much attention that in February of 2016, a survey by the Public Policy Polling found that 38 percent of Florida voters actually thought Cruz might be the Zodiac Killer, with 10 percent of voters saying Cruz was the killer and another 28 percent saying they were not sure.

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In May 2016, Cruz’s wife Heidi, denied he was the killer in an interview.

“Well, I’ve been married to him for 15 years and I know pretty well who he is, so it doesn’t bother me at all,” Heidi Cruz said. “There’s a lot of garbage out there. It’s amazing how a lot of people are swayed by it.”

The joke got a boost when last year, Cruz himself got in on it, tweeting out the image of a Zodiac Killer letter in response Sen. Ben Sasse’s admission that he had spilled Dr. Pepper on Cruz during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Investigating the phenomenon, NPR spoke with several people involved with the Cruz/Zodiac meme last year, who said it was “all about a feeling they had about Cruz: they think he’s creepy.”

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The Zodiac Killer was responsible for a string of murders in California in the 1960s. The moniker was based on cryptograms he sent to newspapers. The identity of the murderer was never uncovered.

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz took a stab at humor on Wednesday, recycling a joke he made last year about being the Zodiac Killer.

“Happy Halloween,” Cruz wrote in a tweet, along with an image of one of the infamous cryptic letters by the so called Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who was known to be active from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

Cruz was referencing a long running internet joke that he’s the infamous killer.

But despite his best efforts, the joke seemed to be dead on arrival.

Cruz was born in 1970, two years before the first Zodiac murder. But that hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theory from gaining traction online. The meme originated from a 2013 tweet from an account called @RedPillAmerica.

The theory soon took a life of its own.

It got so much attention that in February of 2016, a survey by the Public Policy Polling found that 38 percent of Florida voters actually thought Cruz might be the Zodiac Killer, with 10 percent of voters saying Cruz was the killer and another 28 percent saying they were not sure.

In May 2016, Cruz’s wife Heidi, denied he was the killer in an interview.

“Well, I’ve been married to him for 15 years and I know pretty well who he is, so it doesn’t bother me at all,” Heidi Cruz said. “There’s a lot of garbage out there. It’s amazing how a lot of people are swayed by it.”

The joke got a boost when last year, Cruz himself got in on it, tweeting out the image of a Zodiac Killer letter in response Sen. Ben Sasse’s admission that he had spilled Dr. Pepper on Cruz during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Investigating the phenomenon, NPR spoke with several people involved with the Cruz/Zodiac meme last year, who said it was “all about a feeling they had about Cruz: they think he’s creepy.”

The Zodiac Killer was responsible for a string of murders in California in the 1960s. The moniker was based on cryptograms he sent to newspapers. The identity of the murderer was never uncovered.

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Colbert Wants to Remind You Republicans Have Never Wanted Insurance to Have to Cover Pre-existing Conditions (Video)

On Friday night’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert opened his monologue by pummeling Donald Trump and the rest of the Republicans for trying to act like they haven’t spent years trying to repeal Obamacare and ensure that health insurance providers didn’t have to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions.

“Polls indicate that health care is the number one issue for voters. That shows how hopeful Americans are. Donald Trump is president, and they still want to live,” Colbert quipped. “Good for you. Good for you.

“Americans like certain aspects of Obamacare a lot. A recent poll showed a full 90 percent of people said it was either somewhat or very important that the law protect people with pre-existing conditions. 90 percent! Nothing in America is that popular. That’s the Tom Hanks with fudge sauce of Obamacare provisions.”

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After driving that point home, Colbert then took aim at Republicans, who have very much not operated as though they have any interest in protecting coverage of pre-existing conditions even though many of them are now trying to say they do.

“But that’s awkward for Republicans, since they have voted to repeal Obamacare at least 70 times. Of course, Republicans in Congress were doing it to please their biggest donor,” Colbert joked, as an image of the Grim Reaper wearing a MAGA hat appeared on screen. “But with public sentiment so against them, the GOP came up with an entirely new health care plan: lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie.

“And it starts at the top. Two days ago, Trump tweeted this: ‘Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican.’ What the hell? Does Donald Trump think we’ve been in a coma for two years? We’re not covered for that. He spent most of his presidency trying to repeal Obamacare until one man stopped him.”

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Colbert is referring to John McCain, whose deciding vote killed Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare repeal bill last year. Then “The Late Show” played a clip of Trump talking about that vote, saying that “I would’ve gotten rid of everything” had McCain not voted against that bill.

“Yes, he would have gotten rid of everything, and ‘everything’ includes coverage for pre-existing conditions he just swore that he would save,” Colbert said. “Nothing Trump is saying is true, but he doesn’t care. ‘Sure, every word out of my mouth is a lie. But you knew that when you elected me. I’m a pre-existing condition.’ And it’s not just the president. Republicans are saying this all over the place.”

Next up was a brief montage of Republicans Rick Scott, Brian Kemp and Ted Cruz insisting vociferously that they definitely are all about coverage of pre-existing conditions. The Cruz clip saw the senator go so far as to declare that “everyone agrees we’re going to protect pre-existing conditions.”

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“Oh, yeah, senator Cruz, everyone agrees,” Colbert said. “Except you, because you filibustered for 21 hours to try to completely eliminate all of Obamacare. Remember this?”

Then “The Late Show” played a clip of Cruz reading part of the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham” during his filibuster. “Do you like green eggs and ham? I do not like them, Sam I am. I do not like green eggs and ham!”

And then Colbert finished the rhyme with a twist of his own.

“I will not eat them in a box. I will not eat them with a fox. I will not eat them with a fork. You should vote for Beto O’Rourke,” Colbert said.

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You can watch this portion of Colbert’s monologue from Friday’s “The Late Show” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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On Friday night’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert opened his monologue by pummeling Donald Trump and the rest of the Republicans for trying to act like they haven’t spent years trying to repeal Obamacare and ensure that health insurance providers didn’t have to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions.

“Polls indicate that health care is the number one issue for voters. That shows how hopeful Americans are. Donald Trump is president, and they still want to live,” Colbert quipped. “Good for you. Good for you.

“Americans like certain aspects of Obamacare a lot. A recent poll showed a full 90 percent of people said it was either somewhat or very important that the law protect people with pre-existing conditions. 90 percent! Nothing in America is that popular. That’s the Tom Hanks with fudge sauce of Obamacare provisions.”

After driving that point home, Colbert then took aim at Republicans, who have very much not operated as though they have any interest in protecting coverage of pre-existing conditions even though many of them are now trying to say they do.

“But that’s awkward for Republicans, since they have voted to repeal Obamacare at least 70 times. Of course, Republicans in Congress were doing it to please their biggest donor,” Colbert joked, as an image of the Grim Reaper wearing a MAGA hat appeared on screen. “But with public sentiment so against them, the GOP came up with an entirely new health care plan: lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie.

“And it starts at the top. Two days ago, Trump tweeted this: ‘Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican.’ What the hell? Does Donald Trump think we’ve been in a coma for two years? We’re not covered for that. He spent most of his presidency trying to repeal Obamacare until one man stopped him.”

Colbert is referring to John McCain, whose deciding vote killed Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare repeal bill last year. Then “The Late Show” played a clip of Trump talking about that vote, saying that “I would’ve gotten rid of everything” had McCain not voted against that bill.

“Yes, he would have gotten rid of everything, and ‘everything’ includes coverage for pre-existing conditions he just swore that he would save,” Colbert said. “Nothing Trump is saying is true, but he doesn’t care. ‘Sure, every word out of my mouth is a lie. But you knew that when you elected me. I’m a pre-existing condition.’ And it’s not just the president. Republicans are saying this all over the place.”

Next up was a brief montage of Republicans Rick Scott, Brian Kemp and Ted Cruz insisting vociferously that they definitely are all about coverage of pre-existing conditions. The Cruz clip saw the senator go so far as to declare that “everyone agrees we’re going to protect pre-existing conditions.”

“Oh, yeah, senator Cruz, everyone agrees,” Colbert said. “Except you, because you filibustered for 21 hours to try to completely eliminate all of Obamacare. Remember this?”

Then “The Late Show” played a clip of Cruz reading part of the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham” during his filibuster. “Do you like green eggs and ham? I do not like them, Sam I am. I do not like green eggs and ham!”

And then Colbert finished the rhyme with a twist of his own.

“I will not eat them in a box. I will not eat them with a fox. I will not eat them with a fork. You should vote for Beto O’Rourke,” Colbert said.

You can watch this portion of Colbert’s monologue from Friday’s “The Late Show” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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Colbert Chastises Trump for Not Understanding Globalism: ‘He Does Realize America Is on the Globe, Right?’ (Video)

On “The Late Show” Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert opened his monologue with the topic of the day — Donald Trump’s rambling rally for Ted Cruz in which he said a lot of things that troubled a lot of people.

“He was in Houston to support senator Ted Cruz. So of course, he talked about himself,” Colbert said.

Then, in standard fashion, “The Late Show” played a series of Trump clips from the rally, with Colbert providing commentary.

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Trump: “You know, they have a word, it sort of became old fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, okay? I’m a nationalist. Nationalist.”

“You know why you’re not supposed to use that word?” Colbert chimed in. “Because it’s the second half of ‘white nationalist.’ Chopping off the first word doesn’t change what it means in our minds. ‘Oh, look, look, I’m in a Klux Klan. I have no idea which one. Don’t judge me. There’s all kinds of Klux Klans. Blue Klux Klan. Who knows?’ Trump went on.”

Next up was Trump complaining about globalism.

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Trump: “You know what a globalist is, right? You know what a globalist is. A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well. Frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what? We can’t have that.”

“He does realize America is on the globe, right?” Colbert wondered. ” ‘Look, who cares, look, I’m going to shoot you straight. Who cares about global warming? Wake me up when it’s America warming.’ “

And, of course, Colbert had to say some stuff about Trump’s continued whining about the refugee caravan in Central America that has had conservatives in a tizzy lately.

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“Of course, Trump used last night’s rally to bring up his favorite pre-midterms talking point: a group of Central American migrants fleeing north to safety — a.k.a. ‘the caravan.’ Last night, Trump, ever the uberfan, has made up caravan’s origin story fan fiction,” Colbert said.

Trump: “What’s happening right now is a large group of people. They call it a caravan. You know how the caravan started? Does everybody know what this means, huh?”

“No. I don’t know what this means,” Colbert said, referring to the odd hand motion Trump made during this part of the speech. “Are you feeding chickens? Are you dealing blackjack? Oh, I know. You’re spreading bulls—.”

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You can watch this portion of Colbert’s monologue from Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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On “The Late Show” Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert opened his monologue with the topic of the day — Donald Trump’s rambling rally for Ted Cruz in which he said a lot of things that troubled a lot of people.

“He was in Houston to support senator Ted Cruz. So of course, he talked about himself,” Colbert said.

Then, in standard fashion, “The Late Show” played a series of Trump clips from the rally, with Colbert providing commentary.

Trump: “You know, they have a word, it sort of became old fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, okay? I’m a nationalist. Nationalist.”

“You know why you’re not supposed to use that word?” Colbert chimed in. “Because it’s the second half of ‘white nationalist.’ Chopping off the first word doesn’t change what it means in our minds. ‘Oh, look, look, I’m in a Klux Klan. I have no idea which one. Don’t judge me. There’s all kinds of Klux Klans. Blue Klux Klan. Who knows?’ Trump went on.”

Next up was Trump complaining about globalism.

Trump: “You know what a globalist is, right? You know what a globalist is. A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well. Frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what? We can’t have that.”

“He does realize America is on the globe, right?” Colbert wondered. ” ‘Look, who cares, look, I’m going to shoot you straight. Who cares about global warming? Wake me up when it’s America warming.’ “

And, of course, Colbert had to say some stuff about Trump’s continued whining about the refugee caravan in Central America that has had conservatives in a tizzy lately.

“Of course, Trump used last night’s rally to bring up his favorite pre-midterms talking point: a group of Central American migrants fleeing north to safety — a.k.a. ‘the caravan.’ Last night, Trump, ever the uberfan, has made up caravan’s origin story fan fiction,” Colbert said.

Trump: “What’s happening right now is a large group of people. They call it a caravan. You know how the caravan started? Does everybody know what this means, huh?”

“No. I don’t know what this means,” Colbert said, referring to the odd hand motion Trump made during this part of the speech. “Are you feeding chickens? Are you dealing blackjack? Oh, I know. You’re spreading bulls—.”

You can watch this portion of Colbert’s monologue from Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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Twitter Releases Millions of Russian, Iranian Troll Tweets

Twitter released a comprehensive look at millions of tweets, pictures, and videos from Russian and Iranian trolls on Wednesday, who looked to sow civil discord both at domestically and in the United States.

The San Francisco-based company said it was sharing the information in the interest of transparency and to foster “independent analysis” from researchers. Both Twitter and Facebook have come under fire from U.S. lawmakers for its inability to thwart political manipulation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Altogether, 3,841 accounts linked to the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, and another 770 accounts tied to Iran, were released, totaling about 12 million tweets. The Iranian tweets, according to Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, were primarily focused on state politics in Iran, while the Russian tweets had multiple goals, including exacerbating “racial, ethnic, religious and gender divides” in the U.S.

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There were plenty of political tweets and memes sent, running through a greatest hits selection of modern politicians: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, Angela Merkel.

Here’s a look at two examples of troll tweets:

The accounts didn’t take a hardline stance on most political issues. Instead, they looked to foster dissension with both pro-Trump and anti-Trump tweets, tweets in favor and against former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his decision to kneel during the national anthem. “Rosa Parks took a seat. We must #TakeTheKnee,” one troll account tweeted.

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The Russian troll accounts were about division. They posted on both sides of the most divisive debates in the US.

This was already well known, but just to illustrate, here are some of their posts on #TakeTheKnee. (An odd hashtag, perhaps so they could track their impact?) pic.twitter.com/VhVLOvaIsr

— Ben Nimmo (@benimmo) October 17, 2018

Many others, though, were apolitical, using “The Simpsons,” “Spongebob Squarepants,” and even “Braveheart” memes to grow their followers. Twitter, along with Facebook, removed hundreds of Russian and Iranian accounts for “inauthentic behavior” in August.

Moving forward, Twitter said that “it is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease.  These types of tactics have been around for far longer than Twitter has existed — they will adapt and change as the geopolitical terrain evolves worldwide and as new technologies emerge.” The company added it’ll continue “to proactively combat nefarious attempts to undermine the integrity of Twitter.”

If you’d like to take a deep dive on the millions of Russian and Iranian troll tweets, you can download the data set from Twitter here.

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Twitter released a comprehensive look at millions of tweets, pictures, and videos from Russian and Iranian trolls on Wednesday, who looked to sow civil discord both at domestically and in the United States.

The San Francisco-based company said it was sharing the information in the interest of transparency and to foster “independent analysis” from researchers. Both Twitter and Facebook have come under fire from U.S. lawmakers for its inability to thwart political manipulation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Altogether, 3,841 accounts linked to the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, and another 770 accounts tied to Iran, were released, totaling about 12 million tweets. The Iranian tweets, according to Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, were primarily focused on state politics in Iran, while the Russian tweets had multiple goals, including exacerbating “racial, ethnic, religious and gender divides” in the U.S.

There were plenty of political tweets and memes sent, running through a greatest hits selection of modern politicians: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, Angela Merkel.

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The accounts didn’t take a hardline stance on most political issues. Instead, they looked to foster dissension with both pro-Trump and anti-Trump tweets, tweets in favor and against former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his decision to kneel during the national anthem. “Rosa Parks took a seat. We must #TakeTheKnee,” one troll account tweeted.

Many others, though, were apolitical, using “The Simpsons,” “Spongebob Squarepants,” and even “Braveheart” memes to grow their followers. Twitter, along with Facebook, removed hundreds of Russian and Iranian accounts for “inauthentic behavior” in August.

Moving forward, Twitter said that “it is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease.  These types of tactics have been around for far longer than Twitter has existed — they will adapt and change as the geopolitical terrain evolves worldwide and as new technologies emerge.” The company added it’ll continue “to proactively combat nefarious attempts to undermine the integrity of Twitter.”

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Richard Linklater’s New Ad Questions Ted Cruz’s Love of Texas Because of His Odd Fast Food Choices — Watch

Ted Cruz prefers White Castle over the hamburger chain Whataburger, which is essentially unheard of in Texas.

Richard Linklater isn’t letting Ted Cruz off the hook. On the heels of an October 8 advertisement in which Linklater questioned whether or not Cruz was “tough as Texas,” as his political slogan claims, the director has released a second anti-Cruz political ad on behalf of the Fire Ted Cruz PAC that asks whether or not Cruz truly loves Texas or not. Texas senator Cruz is seeking re-election this November against Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

Cruz dissed O’Rourke earlier this year by referring to the democrat as a “Triple Meat Whataburger liberal who is out of touch with Texas values.” O’Rourke responded by taking a video of himself ordering food at a Texas Whataburger following a September debate against Cruz. Linklater’s new ad, once again starring his “Bernie” actor Sonny Carl Davis, plays directly into the feud.

“Everybody I know in Texas likes Whataburger,” Sonny says in the ad. Linklater then cuts to footage of Cruz declaring his love of White Castle burgers.

“There’s not a White Castle within 900 miles of Texas, Ted,” Davis says. “Uh, maybe up in Canada, huh? But not in Texas.”

Watch Linklater’s latest “Fire Ted Cruz” advertisement in the video below.

Richard Linklater Ad Calls Out Ted Cruz for Not Being ‘Tough as Texas’ and Letting Trump Bully Him — Watch

The filmmaker reunites with one of his “Bernie” stars to take aim at the Texas senator in a bold new anti-Ted Cruz advertisement.

Filmmaker Richard Linklater has thrown his hat into the political ring by directing a new anti-Ted Cruz advertisement. The video launched October 8 and is sponsored by the Fire Ted Cruz PAC. Texas senator Cruz is seeking re-election this November over Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

The advertisement, “Is Ted Cruz ‘Tough as Texas?,'” reunites Linklater with Sonny Carl Davis, who appeared in a small role in the director’s 2011 movie “Bernie.” Davis sits at a diner table and mocks Cruz and his “Tough as Texas” campaign slogan. “Somebody left something on my door the other day that said, ‘Ted Cruz: tough as Texas.’ If somebody called my wife a dog, and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn’t be kissin’ their ass.”

Davis is referring to the fact that Cruz continues to support Donald Trump despite being consistently bullied by Trump when the two competed against each other to be the Republican presidential nominee. Trump made a series of comments about Cruz’s wife, Heidi, and supported a conspiracy theory placing Cruz’s father with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before President Kennedy’s death.

The ad ends with Davis saying that if Cruz really was tough as Texas, he would “stick [his] finger in their chest and give them a few choice words. Or you drag their ass out by the woodshed and kick their ass.”

Linklater is a born and raised Texan and continues to live and make films in Austin. Watch the advertisement in the video below.