The FU train rage against Ted Cruz continues.
We have reached a point in the Republican primary where Donald Trump is being attacked by Ted Cruz (R-TX) with thinly veiled “anti-Semitic” dog whistles because he’s a New Yorker. Yes, Donald Trump of the Nazi tactics who hates Muslims, Mexicans and women is now being treated to a taste of the same medicine.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called out Senator Ted Cruz’s anti-Semitic “New York values” trope of “money and the media”.
“Let’s be honest. He said, New York values are about money and they’re about the media,” Toobin said. “That’s an anti-Semitic trope from 100 years, it’s been around for a very long time, everyone in the whole country understands what he was saying.”
Cruz’s full quote came from his attempt to explain his disparagement of New Yorker values, “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.”
Wolf Blitzer pointed out that the Republican Senator “clarified” that he only hates Democrats and liberals, naming several politicians he felt would seal his case like Governor Andrew Cuomo and the now disgraced Anthony Weiner.
Toobin wasn’t having it. “Oh really. They have nothing to do with money and media.”
Toobin pointed out, “Money and media is Jews. This is just an old-fashioned anti-Semitic stereotype, a derogatory term, and everyone understands it.”
Toobin was referring to the anti-Semitic cliché that “the Jews control the media.”
It doesn’t help matters that Donald Trump’s daughter and two grandchildren are Jewish. Like Donald Trump or not, this is low.
Ted Cruz took the easy way out with this one, he is playing to the prejudices of his base who deeply resent the “city slickers” (yes, really, that is a phrase used often in the South regarding people from big cities, and Ted Cruz smugly lobbed this insult at Donald Trump during a South Carolina debate).
It’s a wonder why Cruz can’t compete without falling back on ugly, divisive tactics. This is a serious problem for a candidate who presents himself as the son of a preacher who has divine abilities to unite the country.
Cruz keeps trying to sell himself to the GOP establishment as a better choice than Donald Trump, because he is a supposed uniter. Aside from the fact that Cruz is almost universally loathed by his own party colleagues, Cruz is trailing Trump in New York by wide margins. The smug disdain for Democrats and liberals because they champion rights for all citizens doesn’t play very well in a lot of places. Surprise surprise.
So here we are with the two top Republican 2016 presidential candidates tossing slurs around like nobody’s business.
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