Cruz gets a taste of #NewYorkValues in the Bronx
Fresh off of his victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Texas senator Ted Cruz was given a harsh welcome in the Bronx where he couldn’t even muster 100 people at a campaign event in Parkchester. It is clear that the Texas senator’s comments about New York values, which was brought up in a debate in January, will be haunting him for the next week and a half before the state’s primary on April 19. Cruz’s first lesson on New York values came about when a Bronx high school canceled his visit after students threatened a walkout, protesting in a letter: “His views are against ours.” In a 2014 lecture on immigration, Cruz stated “Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it’s a little different on 2,000 of the Rio Grande. Clearly, Bronx voters will not let Cruz get away with his criticism of the borough. In a state where voters tell it like it is, the Texas Republican will have a tough time gaining any traction.
Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. called the Texas senator a hypocrite, declaring, “He not only offended New Yorkers, he offended Bronxites…now he’s looking for money and votes. We in the Bronx know how offensive he’s been. We know the truth about our borough.” The Texas senator was also heckled at the Sabrosura restaurant. When he first arrived, protestors shouted at Cruz and told him to “get out of the Bronx.” One protestor screamed “You’re running on an anti-immigrant platform…You should not be here.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio even weighed in on the New York values comment, stating that Cruz is “out of touch.” He continued, “You can’t insult the people of New York, who fought their way after the tragedy of 9/11 back to strength, and expect people to ignore it…Ted Cruz insulted the people of New York when it was politically convenient, earlier in the primary season…Well, guess what? The New York primary is suddenly a lot more important than Ted Cruz might have imagined and now he’ll pay the price for it.” Even Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton backed Donald Trump, tweeting, “Just this once, Trump’s right: New Yorkers value hard work, diversity, tolerance, resilience, and building better lives for our families.”
Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, took issue with Cruz’s victory speech in Iowa. The Texas senator stated that he embraced firefighters and the dangerous work they do. However, when it came to actually having the backs of fire fighters across the country, Cruz was nowhere to be found. He opposed reauthorizing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides healthcare for those same firefighters and first responders. More than 72,000 people are monitored by the 9/11 health program, and 33,000 ailing responders rely on it for treatment.“He left the 9/11 responders behind,” Schaitberger said. “If those are Ted’s values, we don’t like them. He’s the epitome of saying one thing to get votes, then doing another. Cruz is the worst kind of politician who will say or do anything to get elected.”
The real estate mogul addressed his crowd of 17,000 in his Long Island rally on Wednesday about New York values, directly attacking Cruz. “Do you remember during the debate when he started lecturing me on 'New York values,' like we're no good? I started talking to him about the World Trade Center … the incredible bravery of everybody ... We all know people that died. And I've got this guy standing over there … talking about New York values with scorn, distaste, with hatred, with hatred. So folks, I think you can forget about him." New Yorkers seemed happy to oblige as they chanted “Lyin’ Ted! Lyin’ Ted!” Even the Daily News left Cruz with some parting advice for how to leave the Bronx with their paper’s Thursday headline. “Take the FU train, Ted!”
Even after Trump’s controversial abortion comments and the Michelle Fields story coming out before the Wisconsin primary, the last six New York primary polls had Trump with 50% or more of the vote. The delegate rules for New York create 28 separate primaries: one for each district and one for the state at large. For starters, the state’s 95 delegates will be awarded proportionally, rather than on a winner-take-all basis. Beyond that, 81 of those delegates are distributed on the basis of results in the state’s 27 congressional districts. Trump could gain 14 delegates if he wins more than 50 percent of the statewide vote. Otherwise, he will share those delegates with any rival who tops 20 percent. In any congressional district where he falls short of 50 percent, even if he has the plurality of votes, he will give up one of the three delegates awarded in each of those districts. If he runs second in any district, he would pick up just one delegate.