‘SNL’ went all in on mocking Ted Cruz and his Cancún vacation

"If you hate Ted Cruz, this was a pretty fun week," Jost said. "And if you like Ted Cruz, then you're Ted Cruz."

Aidy Bryant as Ted Cruz on "Saturday Night Live."


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Ted Cruz and his ill-timed Mexican vacation were the prime subject of derision not once, but twice on the most recent episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

The dragging of Cruz began with the cold open, in which cast member Aidy Bryant played Cruz for the second straight week. This time, Bryant added vacation cornrows to her fake beard and mullet-style haircut, appearing as a guest on a talk show hosted by Britney Spears (Chloe Fineman) to apologize for abandoning Texans during a crisis.

“I am in a little bit of hot water, which I am told is a thing no one in Texas has,” Bryant (as Cruz) said.

Spears then grilled Cruz on whether he thought people labeling him a coward was a fair criticism.

“Yeah, coward is actually the nicest word I heard,” Bryant said. But let me ask you this: Would a coward have the cojones to blame his actions on his young daughters?”

Bryant then broke down how absurd it was that Cruz attempted to blame his daughters, who are 10 and 12.

“The whole trip was the girls’ idea. They love Cancun,” Bryant said. “There’s so much for kids to do. The topless beach, shots at Señor Frogs, swimming with sick dolphins, they love it.”

In the second half of the show, “Weekend Update” hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che teamed up for more than a half-dozen punchlines at Cruz’s expense.

“If you hate Ted Cruz, this was a pretty fun week,” Jost said. “And if you like Ted Cruz, then you’re Ted Cruz.”


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