The New York Daily News is taking on all of the 2016 presidential candidates, but tomorrow’s cover is especially personal, telling Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to take the F U train for dissing New York values.
They tweeted Wednesday evening, “Tomorrow’s front page: TAKE THE F U TRAIN, TED! Cruz jeered in bungled Bronx tour.”
Angry New Yorkers greeted the Republican Senator on his mend-fences and drum-up-votes visit in anticipation of the April 19th primary. They were angry about Cruz’s contemptuous “New York values” comment and his immigration stance. The New York Daily News reported:
Cruz was crucified during a stop in the Bronx, where residents and elected leaders derided him for insulting the city and the borough, only to come crawling back begging for money and votes.
“Just because he has a Hispanic last name does not mean he’s Hispanic,” said hairstylist Edna Ferrer, 57, who was chastising Cruz supporters outside a campaign event in the Bronx. “His mind is white.”
At a January Fox Business GOP debate in South Carolina, Cruz snidely slammed the “New York values“ of Donald Trump, who was born in Queens.
Maria Bartiromo, a Fox Business moderator, said she is from New York but she had no idea what “New York values” were. So Cruz said to much appreciation from the audience, “You are from New York so you might not, but I promise you here in the state of South Carolina, they do.”
That was Ted Cruz playing on the Civil War resentment that continues to linger in the south and has a ripe home in South Carolina, where effigies of President Obama are lawn ornaments.
Cruz condescended to explain, “Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage, focus around money and the media.”
Speaking of Ted Cruz dissing New Yorkers for focusing on money, Ted Cruz has found New York quite lucrative. The Hill reported in January:
Cruz’s presidential campaign has raised at least $470,851 from New York donors in the first three quarters of fundraising this primary season, making the state his fourth most lucrative in the U.S., according to the nonpartisan campaign finance group the Center for Responsive Politics.
Not only that, but Cruz’s second-largest super-PAC contribution — a check for $11 million — came from financier Robert Mercer, whose hedge fund Renaissance Technologies is headquartered in East Setauket, N.Y.
Darn those “New York values” with the focus on money.
Cruz also used the term on a January 12 radio interview with Howie Carr, saying, “You know Donald comes from New York and he embodies New York values.”
Asked on this visit to explain what he meant by the term, the Texas Republican most famous for leading a shut down of the government in a show effort to defund Obamacare said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos that will air Thursday, April 7 on “Good Morning America” that he was mocking the liberal, New York Democrats.
“Let me be very clear. The people that I was talking about are the liberal New York Democrats who have hammered this state. It is people like Mayor Bill de Blasio. It is people like Governor Cuomo,” Cruz said.
Cruz is in the state to get votes. So like the charming uniter he is, he led with an insult.
When they tell you to take the F U train out of town, your primary campaign could be doing better.
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