Ted Cruz may understand electoral politics, but it is obvious he doesn’t understand how to be a decent human being. He proved that again at the January 14 Republican Presidential debate.
Cruz loves to say that President Obama has “divided the country.” Most people outside of the Republican party reject that idea. But when Cruz criticized New York and New Yorkers during the debate, it is obvious that he has divided the country in his mind, separating us into “states that might vote Republican” and “states that will never vote Republican.” Cruz knows that New York will never give its electoral votes to a GOP candidate, so he doesn’t care who he insults.
Thinking he had found a way to attack both GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and liberals at the same time, Cruz brought up “New York values.” Cruz explains that he believes there are a lot of good people in New York, then he identifies the “values” of New York City, as he sees them, in a definite slap at Trump.
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. And I guess I can frame it another way. Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan.
In response to that, Trump, who stood stoically as Cruz spoke, channels Rudy Giuliani and smacks down the Texas senator from Canada (or is that “Canadian senator from Texas?”) with the perfect 9/11 reference. After reminding Cruz that William F. Buckley was from Manhattan, Trump says this:
When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York.
You had two 110 story buildings come crashing down — I saw them come down. …We rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched, and everybody in the world loved New York, and loved New Yorkers.
Trump was far from alone in his criticism. Of course Cruz has his supporters, like poor persecuted Fox News “Christian” Todd Starnes, who probably felt all tingly and gooey inside when Cruz mentioned abortion and gay marriage, said this on Twitter:
But even the Fox News universe was divided on this one. Fox contributor Meghan McCain backed Trump:
And there were plenty of tweets from people in Ted Cruz land who have probably never set foot in NYC supporting what he said, but there were many more like these:
But it was the New York Daily News that had the last word on Cruz, with their January 15 cover:
Ted Cruz hasn’t yet figured out that outside his little enclave of ignorance, the rest of the country can’t stand him. Now he has made himself a persona non grata in one of the greatest cities in the country, and in the world. What’s worse, he has probably drummed up more support for Donald Trump.
Here’s the debate exchange between Cruz and Trump, via YouTube:
Featured image via YouTube screen capture