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Trump Rips On Cruz Over ‘New York Values’ Attack — And Invokes 9/11

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Trump Rips On Cruz Over ‘New York Values’ Attack — And Invokes 9/11


The latest round of the epic battle between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz has moved beyond a skirmish between the two candidates. It now has drafted one of the greatest cities in the world.

At his rallies, Trump has recently started playing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” — a song actually about the tragic tale of a Vietnam veteran — in an effort to taunt Cruz for having been born in Canada. It’s all part of Trump’s latest efforts to cast doubt on his rival’s constitutional eligibility to even run in the first place.

In an interview with a conservative talk radio host on Tuesday, Cruz cracked back: “Well, look, I think he may shift in his new rallies to playing ‘New York New York.’ Because you know, Donald comes from New York, and he embodies New York values. And listen, The Donald seems to be a little bit rattled.”

The remark comes at the very beginning of the interview here, which was reposted in full on Cruz’s official campaign account on YouTube.

Cruz’s riposte — denigrating the morality of America’s largest city, while he seeks to lead the entire country — earned its own response. In an interview aired Thursday morning on Bloomberg Politics, Trump shot back — by invoking 9/11:

“When you want to knock New York, you’ve got to go through me. New York is an amazing place with amazing people,” Trump said. “We took a big hit with the World Trade Center—worst thing ever, worst attack ever in the United States, worse than Pearl Harbor because they attacked civilians, they attacked people having breakfast and frankly if you would’ve been there and if you would’ve lived through that like I did with New York people—the way they handled that attack was one of the most incredible things that anybody has ever seen.”

Oh man, we really hate to say this, but it’s true right now: Donald Trump is right.

Meanwhile, New York Republican congressman Peter King is getting in on the action, with this short and simple statement given to CNN, calling out Cruz’s vast hypocrisy: “Memo to Ted Cruz: New York Values are the heroes of 9/11; the cops who fight terror; and the people you ask for campaign donations. Go back under a rock.”

King’s reference to Cruz “asking for campaign donations” might’ve been a sly reference to the Texas senator’s latest headache: The undisclosed loan he took from Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs — where his wife Heidi is a managing director — during his 2012 Senate campaign.

Of course, Cruz has spoken in the past about the great impact that 9/11 had upon him, too: He stopped listening to rock music, and started listening entirely to country instead. Let’s see if he brings up that again in any further rebuttal.

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz (R) speak during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake



  1. greenlantern1 January 15, 2016

    Ever hear of the Montagnards?
    They were born in South Vietnam.
    They EARNED their American citizenship by fighting alongside our troops!!
    Trump, and his ilk, were born here.
    Which ones make you PROUD to be an American?

    1. FireBaron January 15, 2016

      Definitely NOT The Donald, who deferred himself out of ever having served.

      1. greenlantern1 January 16, 2016

        Trump NEVER claimed that he served!
        He served where?

  2. FireBaron January 15, 2016

    Side note – Trump’s campaign was ordered to either pay royalties for the use of the song or stop and pay fines for failure to pay royalties.

  3. nana4gj January 15, 2016

    It was a stupid thing for Cruz to say, as stupid as are the things Trump says about ethnic and religious groups; about women; about anyone who disagrees with him or who criticizes him; about his Great Wall, on and on and on and on. They are both empty shirts.

    A “President” Cruz will get no co-operation from his former peers in Congress; they hate him, even the Conservatives. He has led them down slippery slopes on more than one occassion and when it all hit the fan, he had already taken himself to the airport and was gone, while they faced the scorn and the consequences. He has called the Senate Majority Leader of his own Party, “a liar”, on the Senate floor; and he has a penchant for reading nursery stories to monopolize the podium. He is an opportunist, totally ego driven, a manipulator, and has perfected the Republican art of taking any issue, story, and distorting it so that the simplest of minds believe it.

    A “President” Trump will grow bored and “outsource” his responsibilities for all but the entertainment and “bling” that accompanies any Presidency. They will wear the best clothes; eat the fanciest foods; travel to their resorts; and be, yes, you guessed it, celebrities. Who will actually be functioning in the role and responsibilities, the work, of a President, is anyone’s guess. The Republican Congress will tell him what needs to be done and how, based on what they want because he can be manipulated, especially on matters he knows nothing about, which is everything that the work of a President encompasses. Unlike the last President who had to do this, Reagan, Trump has never even been a Governor or a successful Hollywood actor, so there will be lots of help he will need on Constitutional powers and authority and his penchant for crude and crass behavior and an irresponsible, foul mouth, will not be tamed under the guise of acting a character in a role.

    Lyndsey Graham has endorsed JEB, based on debate performance last night. I switched channels after the first question had made it’s rounds….so I don’t know how he did, other than his first response, which was pathetic…Rubio was the loud and petulant adolescent who always seems to be having “a period”; Cruz must have gone to a hair and make up stylist; Trump is nothing like the people of New York who enjoy the diverse cultures, languages, skin colors, foods, customs, and beliefs that they do; Kasich doesn’t belong in that group or in that Party; and Carson is, was, and always has been, a non-starter.

    Although I am not a woman who looks for or claims sexism at the drop of a penny, particularly when directed at a strong, capable, independent, and accomplished woman, I must say I am finding it sadly amusing that so many old white men and young immature men, and one strident, angry woman who failed in her career in every way but the financial payout she commanded when let go by her last employer, feel it necessary and appropriate to blame a married woman for the trysts of her husband and hold her accountable as if it demonstrates “incompetence” for the job of President; or, the fact that the email system used by others that she chose to use, is now considered not feasible and is under scrutiny; or that the family world charitable foundation has been manipulated for the purpose of family wealth and favors….though no one knows yet how the wealth of others in this group or the lifestyle living expenses are managed by those who have done nothing but politics or sit on corporate boards appointed by friends of their influential Fathers or those married to wives who support them on her salary working for the biggest financial investment and banking institution in the country….has been without scrutiny. I mean, really, what do we really know about Trump’s financial and business wheeling and dealing that is international? And, is that rumor about the Bush Boys being subsidized by the Saudi Royal Family really true? And, honestly, did Ivana Trump enable Trump’s infidelity and fathering of a child out of wedlock and the silence after in return for a hoooge financial settlement??

    In all fairness, I have to also express my growing opinion of Bernie Sanders, whom I have, literally, adored for his liberal politics and also because, in my Senior Set, he is what we call, “a Hottie”. I am disappointed to see him, or his campaign staff, use such overt strategies with which to attack his opponent, that accomplished older woman that everyone seems to fear. The behavior of his campaign, and his silence, over that data theft issue from the DNC data bank, the refusal to accept full responsibility for the act that was “caught”, blaming it on some conspiracy of the DNC to promote one candidate over another…himself….and even trying to implicate that other candidate, was sad to watch, disappointing, but, hell, he raised lots of money off of it and just putting a narrative, no matter how lame, out there, germinates what they intended to germinate. The same is true with his latest TV ad….For voters like me, this is not going to persuade me to vote for him over his major opponent. While it may dissuade me, I still wait to hear something from him about every other critical issue I care about besides “income inequality” and, before he or Republicans take away ACA, I need to know exactly what they will replace it with and how much it will cost us, penny by penny, and what exactly will we end up with: Will our understandable increase in taxes to pay for universal single payor or national health care system, cost us less than do our current insurance premiums and out of pockets, and will the delivery system of healthcare also be nationalized or remain privatized? I’ve already read about one popular Republican proposal and it is about as sensible and even more complicated and costly to the customer as was their Medicare Rx Plan and, I might add, as ineffective re coverage and costs to the insured.

    Bernie just does not have much to say on any other issue. The one commonality with Trump is that they both speak ideology, but no specific plans, policies, or how they could possibly get anything accomplished with this Congressional Majority, who would completely shut down with a Liberal Socialist President and his agenda, and who would more likely accept a TV/Circus Performer who can be manipulated because he has no principled ideas and can be manipulated because he is bored with everything about a Presidency, other than the “bling”, which he would be very good at, if you like cheap, crass, tacky.

    This primary season does not measure up to what I expect in America. Unless, of course, this is what America has become: shallow, cheap, tacky, adolescent, and easily manipulated by bling and by personality, like the reality shows of “Survivor” and “Dancing With The Stars”, and “Idol”. Obama used to be accused of everything Republicans offer to us now, with one difference. At least he had some gravitas, policies, beliefs, and principles, and he was educated, formally and through self initiative, and he has always demonstrated respect for the people he sought to serve and represent and for the people he would work with, at home and abroad. He has enough accomplishments that any on that stage last night should hope to point to having at least a small sampling of that would qualify them.

    All they could offer was that the President was “a petulant child”, as they screamed, stomped their feet, and vowed to “throw him out of the White House”….as if he were not already planning to leave.

    PS: I apologize for the length of this “comment”, but sometimes, a person just has to say what’s on their mind and there is so much foolishness going on, it’s hard to stifle it.

  4. nana4gj January 15, 2016

    Cruz doesn’t even claim to represent the “values” of Texas, because, actually, he only represents to values of the small minority of Texans in gerrymandered districts, and he knows it. He and all the other chumps and goobers in the US Congress who are “Republican/Conservatives” are nothing like what is “Texas”.

    For years, with an open and lawful electoral process, the state of Texas was so “blue”, Republicans did not even hold primaries. They worked hard, however, to perfect the art of gerrymandering, “picking their voters, instead of voters picking their candidates”, so aptly put by the President, and this is what has befell Texas, who manages to have, among all of the other biggers and bests, the biggest, loudest, ugliest Republicans in the country. They all leave office, eventually, with more wealth than when they started, and the people of Texas are left in worse shape than ever re quality of life issues.

    Trump does not represent New York, either. IMO, he represents a foreign country who was responsible for the worst scourge of humanity until ISIL, who, by the way, engages in the same kind of ethnic and religious cleansing, for the same “reasons”, as Trump seems to endorse, everytime he opens his mouth.


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