With just two weeks to go before voters head to the polls in Iowa to choose their nominations for President, the argument over ‘New York Values’ could well be one that tears the GOP apart.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz commented during Thursday nights Republican debate that Donald Trump ’embodies New York values’, an attempted slight on the businessman who is known to hold ‘socially liberal’ views on topics such as abortion and gay marriage.
Although Cruz’s comment made for riveting viewing last week, his continued attack on Trump is threatening to split the party apart as other GOP candidates such as Senator Marco Rubio attempt the ride the momentum against the Texas Senator.
Trump and Cruz sparred over what Cruz disparaged as ‘New York values,’ which Trump said was ‘very insulting’ to the people of his city and state, who had to endure 9/11
Cruz came ready with the message that the Manhattan real estate mogul wasn’t a true conservative
‘The fact of the matter is, that Ted has shown a propensity throughout his career in the U.S. Senate to take one position in front of one audience and then change his position in front of another,’ Rubio told NBC News in a Sunday interview. ‘So he raises money in New York and then criticizes New York values.’
During and ABC News interview on Sunday, Trump ramped up his attack on his GOP rival, saying Cruz, saying he is a ‘nasty’ guy that nobody likes.
Trump told ABC’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday: ‘Look, the truth is, he’s a nasty guy. He was so nice to me. I mean, I knew it. I was watching. I kept saying, “Come on Ted. Let’s go, okay.” But he’s a nasty guy. Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him.
‘Nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him. He’s a very – he’s got an edge that’s not good. You can’t make deals with people like that and it’s not a good thing. It’s not a good thing for the country. Very nasty guy.’
Trump also said Cruz (pictured together in September) was a ‘hypocrite’ for not disclosing financial information, including loans he took out from New York banks
He added: ‘He’s a total hypocrite. How about his fundraising and how about when he does his personal financial disclosure form, and he doesn’t put on that he’s borrowing money from Goldman Sachs? And then today it comes out that he’s also borrowing money from CitiBank and he doesn’t list it.
‘You know why? He wants to look like Robin Hood that he’s the one protecting the people from the banks while he’s actually borrowing money and personally guaranteeing it and not disclosing it, which is illegal.’
On Fox News Sunday, Cruz chastised Trump over denying that a more liberal viewpoint pervades in the city.
“That formulation didn’t come from me. It came from Donald Trump. Donald Trump, when he was being interviewed by Tim Russert, when he was explaining his views a number of years ago,” Cruz said, referring to a 1999 interview with NBC News.
‘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,’ Cruz continued.
‘I’ll tell you the rest of the country, people know exactly what that is. In South Carolina, when I was there, the people certainly understood it.’
Donald Trump has ramped up his attack on GOP rival Ted Cruz, saying he is a ‘nasty’ guy that nobody likes. The billionaire mogul told p told ABC ‘s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos: ‘I don’t think Ted Cruz has a great chance, to be honest with you
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
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.
Cruz likened his rival to Democrats who similarly defended New York.
“I would point out it’s a view echoed by far left liberal Democratic politicians like Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump has supported those candidates and supported their positions on a lot of issues,” he said.
During Thursday’s GOP debate, Cruz caused outrage when he said: ‘Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage.’
He added that New Yorkers are focused ‘around money and the media’. ‘Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan,’ he joked.
The businessman slammed Cruz on social media. He used pictures of the aftermath of 9/11 and the devastation it caused
Trump praised the people of New York. His comments have been commended by political opponents, including Hillary Clinton
Showing little sign of backtracking, Cruz only served to reiterate his comments to Fox News, saying: ‘The rest of the country understands exactly what New York values are.’
Trump, the billionaire New Yorker leading the Republican race, slapped him down with a rousing reminder of New York’s resilience after 9/11, earning swift praise from some of his harshest Democrat detractors.
‘New York is a great place, it’s got great people, it’s got loving people, wonderful people,’ he said.
‘When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely.
‘We rebuilt downtown Manhattan and everybody in the world watched and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers.’
Twitter responded with humor and wit as users came down hard on Cruz’s putdown of ‘New York values’
One Twitter user listed some of the iconic things that make the city unique
Nothing sums up ‘New York values’ like Pizza Rat who became something of a folk hero in the city
On Thursday night, Cruz did not have a response to Trump’s comeback, but Twitter certainly did.
‘Going to a bodega at 11pm for a wrap becaue you forgot to eat #NewYorkValue’ tweeted Kevin O’Keefe, highlighting the city’s 24-hour culture.
‘#Cruz made a YUGE mistake insulting New York’, wrote another Twitter user, poking fun at the Big Apple’s distinctive accent.
Others openly showed their approval of Trump in his defense of the nation’s biggest city as he spoke of the response by its residents on 9/11.
‘#Trump showed a positive side to his political instinct with his 9/11 based defense of ‘New York values’ against culture war’, wrote Howard Fineman.
New Yorkers think nothing of shelling out five bucks if they forget their umbrella
Many Twitter followers highlighted the best things about the New York for which the city is renowned
Some users had a dig a revelation that Ted Cruz had not disclosed various financing loans