Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's The Daily Show kicked off his Monday night program by mocking Ted Cruz at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) with some crafty editing.
In a segment titled, "The Amazing Base," Stewart took aim at Ted Cruz, attempting to paint him as an awkwardly unfunny oaf by relaying a cleverly edited clip seen in the video above at 3:18. Stewart's clip has Ted Cruz on the CPAC stage jovially reciting the following Jay Leno joke:
Last Fall, Jay Leno said [jump cut] So uh...the Holidays are coming up, Thanksgiving! You know the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims said to the Indians, 'If you like your land, you can keep it.'
The clip immediately cuts to a small crowd of 14 college students; 9 are either laughing, chuckling, or briskly smiling; 5 are stone-faced. It appears like no one's laughing for three reasons: One, 3 of the stone-faced students are in the foreground while the jovial majority fades into the background; Two, laughter from Stewart's audience cues up so fast they blend and muffle the laughs off camera; Three, Stewart deceptively edits the clip to make it seem like Cruz told only one superfluous Jay Leno joke when, in fact, he told two, and both were met with laughter from his audience. Without the jump cut, Cruz actually says:
Last fall, Jay Leno said, 'So, uh, President Obama called me, he said Jay, if you like your job, you can keep it.' [laughter and applause] He followed that up a couple weeks later, he said uh...the Holidays are coming up, Thanksgiving! You know the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims said to the Indians, 'If you like your land, you can keep it.'
Ted Cruz told a variety of jokes during his near 20-minute speech, many of them were laughed at. He also finished to thunderous applause and cheers.