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5 ‘New York Values’ Donald Trump Doesn’t Have

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5 ‘New York Values’ Donald Trump Doesn’t Have

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Until the last few weeks, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were each other’s best allies in a GOP primary that has unveiled the dark heart of the Republican Party.

Cruz gave Trump credibility with the conservative base. As a hero of the Tea Party and the personification of obstructionism, his early alliance with Trump —  who is only a “serious” candidate after years of fake campaigning by virtue of birtherism — gave the billion-dollar baby valuable conservative cred. No politician has done more to court right-wing talk radio than Cruz; with his tacit approval of Trump, he made it okay for the talkers to champion Trump’s bigoted bombast.

At the same time, Trump gave Cruz a chance to ride the anti-immigrant zeitgeist without the withering hits from the frontrunner that his other opponents have suffered. The junior senator from Texas recognized that attacking Trump — who is still more reality star than politician — wouldn’t help him, and refrained until it was absolutely necessary.

The narrowing of the race brought out the birther in Trump, a mode proving to be somewhat effective in Iowa.

Cruz’s return assault on Trump’s “New York values” seemed to have backfired when Trump gave an impassioned response to the “insulting” charge, complete with a Giuliani-style 9/11 riff. The billionaire won rare plaudits from Hillary Clinton and even our own Joe Conason, who noted the ridiculous hypocrisy and dark undertones of Cruz’s cheap insult.

Apparently this is exactly what Cruz wanted. His anti-birther strategy is to draw Iowa’s attention to this clip from 1999, where Trump lays out his then-liberal values and says they might be different if he lived in Iowa.

This may be the first successful attack on the frontrunner, or could backfire like all the others. But it’s based on a ridiculous assumption that Trump has any values beyond boosting Donald Trump and his Trump gene pool.

Trump’s reliance on the city’s reaction and nation’s collective pain over 9/11 belies the fact that most of what he advocates these days is in exact opposition to what makes New York and America great.

Here are five “New York values” Donald Trump needs to learn.

  1. Enlightenment
    Nationalism isn’t patriotism. Trump has spent months degrading America as a “hellhole” occupied and run by “losers,” that is, the American people. He’s inciting anger at other countries and fellow Americans not out of any allegiance to our values but for political convenience. He says he wants to make America “great” again and cites the Eighties as a time when we were great, although back then he was using the same schtick to rail against Japan and Ronald Reagan’s leadership. Trump’s captious indulgence in a restoration of a humiliated national pride is an echo of fascist movements of the 20th century.
  2. Tolerance
    Not only do undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes on average than citizens, actual net migration has been near zero for the past few years. No, Americans are struggling not due to immigration but because of decisions made by our elites. Fixating anger on the least among us — those most likely to be exploited and abused — doesn’t just contradict the works inscribed on the Statue of Liberty but speaks to deficiency of the broad ethnic and cultural acceptance that makes our largest and most multicultural city so great. This is a man whose entire campaign is built on the racist assumption that the first black president isn’t a citizen, based on no actual evidence. Watching him claim to uphold any sort of “values” is nauseating.
  3. Decency
    Apparent scams like Trump University speak to Trump’s sense of people’s aspirations as an opportunity to milk and exploit them. And his political career has been wrought with the same cynicism. We’re supposed to believe that Trump — like anti-gay marriage Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis — suddenly found Jesus after multiple divorces. Listening toTrump claim that the Bible is his favorite book, closely followed by his own, should raise the hackles of true Christians — given the complete lack of generosity or Christian spirit of his rhetoric. Nothing about a Muslim ban or database speaks to “turning the other cheek.” Appealing to Americans’ worst instincts can make you powerful and profitable. But it should also make you ashamed. Yet this is a man who has no shame — not even decades after calling for the execution of black teenagers who have been proved innocent.
  4. Compassion
    We should give Trump credit for embodying one New York value in excess — chutzpah. The man can be funny, ribald and game, which is what made him a national celebrity. But in his pretense to statesmanship, he’s only gotten more insulting. Insulting to POWs. Insulting to the disabled. Insulting to immigrants, Muslims, women. By feeding anger against disempowered groups, he may increase his power — but that strategy reveals a deeper weakness that he seems desperate to hide, with a flurry of insults any time he feels slighted in any way.
  5. Integrity
    Trump promises to soak the rich — and then proposes giving them trillions in tax breaks. He says workers’ wages are too high, and suddenly reverses himself when someone points out that he’s exactly wrong. He claims to oppose “political correctness,” but employs that tactic only to shut up anyone who disagrees with him. Weathervanes have far more integrity than Trump, because they at least are tethered to the reality of the wind. We have no idea what Trump will support or oppose tomorrow, because he lacks a basic code. He made it big in New York City — with a lot of help from his father. The Donald Trump who is on the national stage today doesn’t represent a New York state of mind. He’s just a bad joke that’s gone on way too long.


  1. latebloomingrandma January 18, 2016

    The last line sums it up very well.

  2. jmprint January 18, 2016

    Anyone that votes for trump is a loser.

  3. Irishgrammy January 18, 2016

    “He’s a bad joke that has gone on far too long”……..Now that deserves a big AMEN! I find myself getting physically nauseated when this mans face appears on TV and he vomits forth his vile rhetoric, insults, lies and attacks. I keep wanting not to believe we as a nation have sunk this low, that we are better than this, but then your eyes cannot deny what you are watching at his “rallies” with people yelling and cheering the most obnoxious rhetoric, hateful words and twisted ideas, I once would never believed possible. His attacks against the President getting our people back from Iran and the successful implementation of the Nuclear agreement to this point, have been obscene. I would love for one of these families of the released, with the indignation and revulsion Trump’s rhetoric deserves!!! I hear England is voting in it’s parliament to deny entrance into England by Trump this week……it would be perfect if the vote won the day and by doing so sends a huge message to this demagogue that our closet ally find him completely unacceptable, unwanted, and a disgusting human being.

  4. oldfed January 18, 2016

    What??? NewYork values what an oxymoron. The city doesn’t have any it feeds off the poor and grifs every dollar from DC. Just look at 9/11 responders. NYC is self insured and owes those who were there medical care tr life. Some how they managed to drop r=the multi billion tab on

    1. BP January 19, 2016

      Uh, the red states are the DC bleeders.

      1. oldfed January 24, 2016

        Quit makeing me look like a moron

    2. Daniel Max Ketter January 23, 2016

      Well, I know most of the morons from New York state grew up in Buffalo. The only real New Yorkers are from the city.

    3. oldfed January 24, 2016

      What??? NewYork values what an oxymoron. The city it
      feeds the poor and refuses every dollar from DC. Just look at 9/11
      responders. NYC is self insured and taxpayers owes those who were there medical care tr life. Some how taxpayers managed to drop r=the
      multi billion tab on

      1. Daniel Max Ketter January 27, 2016

        Dannnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Ketter!

      2. Daniel Max Ketter February 2, 2016

        My Linda Rae is soooo ugly…. that even the williamsburg city trash man wouldn’t pick her up

    4. oldfed January 26, 2016

      But fat dan ketter is Williamsburg’s poster boy for idiocy and drivel!

    5. oldfed January 28, 2016

      Our troops are waaay overpaid, and vets receive sufficient funds through the DOD. That $$$ all need to go back to the taxpayers

    6. Daniel Max Ketter February 2, 2016

      My sweet Linda Rae is soooooo fugly…. that even the williamsburg city trash man wouldn’t pick her up

    7. oldfed February 8, 2016


    8. oldfed February 11, 2016

      McDonalds and the fed govt wouldn’t hire me because I scored too low on the applicant test and missspelled my name as dum ketter on my resume. However I dummo ketter did pass the Ford Motors clerk quiz.

  5. tbs January 19, 2016

    What a ridiculous article! So full of lies and misstatements! But then what can you expect from the National Memo.
    Not the first time they have grasped at straws to try and muddy the election waters!


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