Ted Cruz is debating a doll dog as he struggles to save his seat in the Texas Senate

Ted Cruz is debating a doll dog as he struggles to save his seat in the Texas Senate

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is a doll that became famous in the late 1990s when she appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and threatened to immerse herself in the guests.

Twenty years later jokes jokes, triumph has become part of the political fabric of the United States.

When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) Fought to defend his seat from a potential wave of Democrats, one of his last pre-election interviews was Triumph, who caught the Senator's attention at a rally with a call: "I have a condition where I always vomit when I look at you. "

The Yugoslav Mountain Hound and its camera crews were in Texas last week, although the footage was aired on Monday night in "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Perhaps Triumph crashed for the first time at a rally in Houston to show the neutrality of the two parties Cruz's Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who has raised more than $ 70 million and within a few points from Cruz votes in the deeply conservative state.

"Beto, I saw the speech," said Triumph O. Rourke after chasing him through a crowd of excited fans. "I loved it like you except Ted Cruz."

"Thanks," O'Rourke said with a big grin.

"Tell me the beto," Triumph asked. "Does it concern you that half of your base thinks they can vote on Instagram?"

O & Rourke's grin suddenly seemed a bit tense. "Yes, it has to be real votes," he said. "But we see a real turnout so far -"

Triumph interrupted: "Given the uncertainty these voting machines bring, is it more important than ever for the Democrats to go out twice?"

O & Rourke swallowed and waved a finger in the air. "Choose once," he said. "That's the law."

Triumph threw him a softball to wrap him up, "What does Ted Cruz have that you do not have except the ability to regenerate his cock?"

Ours Rourke's smile now seemed frozen. He shook his head. "I can not say anything."

Then on to Harlingen, where Triumph put on a cowboy hat and put a cigar in his throat as he forged himself into a sea of ​​Cruz fans.

This was hardly triumph the first political assignment of the insulting comic dog. "The shit I left in the locker room has more heat than its campaign," he told the Tonight Show in 2003, just before Democratic Party presidential candidate John F. Kerry took the stage. "Kerry looked slightly shaken by the dog dolls, and it took a few moments to reach agreement," the Los Angeles Times wrote.

After years of campaigning, Triumph attempted to interview Cruz first in early 2016, while the Senator had campaigned against Donald Trump for the Republican election. He even strapped himself to a drone to hunt a campaign bus, but as with Cruz's race this year, the puppet's efforts failed.

Triumph was luckier last week in Harlingen. "You can not ignore me, Ted," he called as he pushed through a crowd. "I am not overwhelming scientific evidence of global warming!"

Cruz was for a while housed in a crowd of fans looking for signed hats titled "Make America Great Again," but eventually he confirmed the dog.

"Hello, welcome to Texas," he said. Sincerely even.

Triumph sounded really surprised. "How are you, Ted?" He said. "I can not believe that! That is a privilege! Can you tell these people not to kill me if I make a joke or two? "

"That depends on how bad a joke is," Cruz joked. The Senator laughed, but almost everyone else behind the camera scowled at the doll – or possibly the comedian Robert Smigel, who accompanied Triumph on all his travels since the dog's TV debut in 1997.

"Ted, is it true that you will defend the Constitution at all costs except when Donald Trump calls it ugly on Twitter?" Triumph asked.

Cruz breathed in and put a hand on his chest. "I love the constitution," he said. "And Twitter is Twitter."

(For the record, Cruz did defend his wife when Trump suggested she be unattractive in the first race of 2016. But soon he forgave Trump, who never apologized.)

Cruz was looking for play to ask more questions to the offended dog, but the crowd around him was visibly upset. A police officer barricaded the puppet in front of the senator. "Talk to your supporters, not him!" A woman yelled at Cruz.


The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on YouTube (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on YouTube)

"We can all talk," Cruz said softly.

"I do not hurt him, do I?" Triumph agreed. "I have a Cuban in my mouth for God's sake!"

Cruz laughed. The game of triumph about his ethnicity seemed to reduce the tension in the room. "Let's be polite," said the dog. "Nobody should shout at this man in a public place. Does not the man have the right to sit in a restaurant and enjoy a meal that five waiters spit out?

"I'll say two things to Triumph," Cruz said. "As a Cuban American, anyone who smokes a cigar can not be bad. , , , "

"That's right!" Triumphed.

"And second: I just want to say to triumph that my advice goes away. And remember, it was not the Republicans but the Democrats who took you to the vet to get repaired.

Someone laughed from the screen. A man next to the senator looked down and wiped his nose. The policeman continued to stare at the doll.

Triumph's refutation came immediately, at least in the editing sequence of "The Late Show." "I support castration and castration," he told Cruz, "just as Trump did to you."

The senator groaned and kept smiling.

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