During Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, Sen. Ted Cruz made some controversial remarks regarding the people of New York: “Everybody understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal and pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage and focus on money and the media,” the Texas senator said. “Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan.”
Donald Trump shot back at the slam on New York values by referring to New Yorkers’ response in the aftermath of 9/11 (a smart play), but the damage had been done. Hundreds of angry New Yorkers began to tweet at Cruz, and the New York Daily News released a scathing cover today—the Statue of Liberty flipping the bird underneath the words, “Drop Dead Ted.”
NY Daily News columnist Mike Lupica had this to say about the city: “The best of this city is the best of this country, and always has been. When it was hit in a way that no American city had ever been hit, it came together and rose up together in a moment as thrilling as any America had ever seen.”
New York has always held a special place in America’s heart after 9/11, and people were more than willing to let Cruz know exactly how they felt, including New York City's Mayor, Bill de Blasio:
"I hate New York values." — Osama Bin Laden — also @tedcruz— Anil Dash (@anildash) January 15, 2016
By criticizing New York values, @tedcruz practically endorses 9/11— big baby boy (@trillballins) January 15, 2016
Cruz just attacked one of the patriotic cores of America, and as the response proves, it was not a particularly wise move on his part.
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