Sen. Ted Cruz blundered when he attacked Donald Trump during Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina for his “New York Values.” Cruz drew an immediate, and pointed response from the Manhattan-based GOP front runner, and quickly followed up with an apology to New Yorkers.
Though Trump and Cruz have been jabbing each other on several issues for days, the Texas senator launched the first volley on this line of attack when he criticized Donald Trump for embodying “New York values” in an interview on a New Hampshire radio show.
CNN reported that Cruz repeated the attack throughout the week on Fox News and on the stage of the sixth Republican presidential debate Thursday night hosted by the Fox Business Network.
During Thursday night’s debate, Trump delivered a withering rebuke to Cruz’s attack, praising New York City’s resilience after 9/11.
On Friday, the feud between the Texas senator and America’s largest city escalated when the New York Daily News told Cruz, in bold, headline font on the front page of the paper: “Drop dead, Ted.”
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 15, 2016
Cruz apologized, however, it was not for using the term “New York Values,” but instead “to the millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state.”
Asked by reporters whether he wanted to apologize for saying that his main rival Donald Trump, “embodies New York values,” Cruz turned the tables and apologized for things he felt more strongly about.
“Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio have all demanded an apology, and I’m happy to apologize,” he told reporters after an event here. “I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by the liberal politicians in that state.” HT CNN
Cruz applauded Trump’s mentioning the city’s response to 9/11 on Thursday, but was steadfast in his refusal to back down over his criticism of the city and state’s values.
Cruz repeated his “apology” again on Friday at a campaign event in Tigerville, South Carolina, again mentioning the same issues as he listed in Columbia.
“Now, I hope that was the apology they were looking for,” Cruz said to laughter and applause.