Ted Cruz Rickrolls on April Fools Day Like It’s 2008

By Steven Klett
Steven Klett
Steven Klett
April 1, 2016 Updated: April 3, 2016

Ted Cruz has been prodding Donald Trump to do a debate with him before the Wisconsin Primary. So far, Trump has declined to debate, saying there’s already been too many debates. 

On April Fools Day, Cruz hit back with a facetious tweet: 

Cruz linked to a video entitled “Donald Trump Accepts Cruz’s Debate Invitation” which shows the Texas Senator challenging Trump to a debate, and Trump’s out of context responses.

Then the video cuts to a now-familiar video of Rick Astley’s 1987 one-hit-wonder “Never Gonna Give You Up” which plays out for the rest of the 72-second clip. 

Originating in 2007, the music video “Never Gonna Give You Up” was used as a bait and switch joke that grew into an internet phenomenon.

On April Fools Day in 2008 Youtube linked every video to the Rick Astley video.

At the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Rick Astley showed up on a float and “Rickrolled” the crowd and viewers.  

This is the first April Fools joke made by a presidential candidate in 2016.