WATCH: The 'Daily Show' Skewers GOP Debate 'Bullsh*t'

By some accounts, the GOP debate was much better and more substantive than the last one on CNBC that degenerated into a pissing contest between the candidates and the moderators. Then again, more substance also means more bullshit with these guys. This doesn't mean that it didn't have its share of wacky moments, as The Daily Show's Trevor Noah laid out on Wednesday's night's Daily Show. 

First up was Ted Cruz, who pulled a Rick Perry by forgetting what government departments he was going to cut and counting them on his fingers. Repeating the Texas Governor's now-infamous "Oops" moment, the Texas Senator said he was going to elimate five departments but only cited four, covering it by repeating Commerce twice.

"You want to be President of the United States but you can't remember numbers," Noah said indignantly. "You want people to trust you with nuclear codes, are you kidding me? 'The codes are the 2... 4... ah, China got us'. Boom!" 

There were also Jeb Bush's feeble attempts to tell anecdotes that he somehow seemed too lazy to finish, and Trump's reliable sexism towards Carly Fiorina.

The lowlight of the night though was Ben Carson whose capacity for crazy apparently knows no bounds. In his final comments he gave the most depressing closing statement ever rattling off statistics of "abortionists" killing babies and soldiers killing themselves. It was all very uplifting. 

Watch the clip below:

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