On Fox News Sunday, Ted Cruz stood firm on comments he made about Donald Trump having ‘New York values,’ which the Texas senator equated to being ‘far left’ and ‘liberal.’
Cruz reminded host Chris Wallace that it was Trump who originally said – in a 1999 Meet the Press interview with Tim Russert – that his politics were a reflection of where he lived.
‘You know what is particularly curious Chris? Is that formulation didn’t come from me. It came from Donald Trump,’ Cruz said.
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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz continues to attack Donald Trump, suggesting that he’s secretly more liberal than he puts on, pointing to the fact that the New York billionaire was formerly pro-choice
Donald Trump has pushed back on comments Ted Cruz made about Trump having ‘ New York values,’ which Trump considers distasteful in light of 9/11
But should New Yorkers be mad about it? Wallace broached the subject by bringing in copies of New York tabloids, with their front pages screaming at Cruz for knocking New York.
‘Well, look, these are certainly amusing,’ Cruz said. ‘And it’s amusing seeing the media lead in New York and D.C. run around with their hair on fire wondering what on earth are New York values.’
‘I’ll tell you the rest of the country, people know exactly what that is,’ Cruz continued. ‘In South Carolina, when I was there, the people certainly understood it.’
Cruz pointed to the sit-down Trump did with the late Russert in which the billionaire claimed to be ‘very pro-choice,’ explaining to the news man that while he hated abortion, he was for it being legal because of his ‘New York background.’
Trump also said he supported gays in the military and didn’t come out for or against gay marriage.
‘He explained that his views were that he was very pro-choice, he supported partial-birth abortion, he was open to gay marriage and his explanation for all of that, was I’m a New Yorker,’ Cruz pointed out to Wallace.
‘I’m from Manhattan, those are the views of New York, those are what New York values are, they are not Iowa values, but they’re New York values,’ Cruz continued.
While Cruz defended himself today, he gave Trump the ability to score on him at Thursday’s Republican debate when he brought up New York.
Trump segued the conversation into an eloquent defense of the city that showed great resilience after 9/11.
The billionaire doubled down on that today when talking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
‘But when you look at what he said and when you look at the way he said it and the scorn toward New York, I thought it was a disgrace, in light of the World Trade Center, in light of all the people that died,’ Trump said.
‘And think about the firemen – the firemen that went up those buildings and they were killed instantaneously. And they probably pretty much knew those buildings were coming down and they’re going up to save lives,’ he continued.
Trump suggested that Cruz was ‘putting down’ the great people of New York, an assertion that Stephanopoulos pushed back on.
‘Who could have done – very few people could have done what New Yorkers did under that unbelievable circumstance,’ Trump said.