Sen. Ted Cruz defended his comments about “New York values” ahead of the Republican presidential primary in New York, where Trump is ahead of Cruz in the polls.
“Let me be very clear,” he said on “Good Morning America” on Thursday. “The people that I was talking about are the liberal New York Democrats who have hammered this state.”
“It is people like Mayor Bill de Blasio. It is people like Gov. Cuomo.”
Cruz said New York residents have told the Texas senator that they knew what he meant when he referred to New York values. “Just a minute ago, we were meeting with Hispanic and African American pastors. Sen. Ruben Diaz, he’s an African American, Democratic state senator,” Cruz said.
“He said, ‘I know exactly what you’re talking about with New York values, and we can’t stand it.’”
Earlier this year, Cruz attacked Donald Trump for having “New York values” – comments that drew criticism from many of his opponents. Trump defended New York, pointing to its response after the World Trade Center was attacked.
“Very few places in this world could have gotten through what we went through,” Trump said. “I was so proud of New York.”
Cruz brought up “New York values” again while campaigning in the Bronx, he specified that he was referring to the “liberal Democratic politicians.”
“The people of New York know exactly what those values are – they’re the values of liberal Democrats like Andrew Cuomo, like Anthony Weiner, like Eliot Spitzer, like Charlie Rangel, all of whom Donald Trump has supported,” Cruz said.