Trump: Let’s face it, Cruz’s comment about “New York values” was “disgraceful”

posted at 2:01 pm on January 15, 2016 by Allahpundit

We owe Trump fans a celebratory thread about this, as his response last night to Cruz was his best answer of the debates. You could see it coming from a mile away, too. Having brought up “New York values” a few days ago, Cruz had to own it when asked about it despite knowing that Trump was prepared to dump 9/11 on his head. Not a major problem for Cruz — Trump deflected an attack that might have cost him votes in Iowa but probably didn’t win him any new ones — but it’s striking today to see how universal the consensus is that Trump, the amateur pol, clearly got the better of the debate champ on what’s usually an easy applause line for the Republican base. As you’ll see below, even Steve King, national co-chair of Cruz’s campaign, admitted on CNN this morning that Cruz got momentarily owned. And the media, so much of which is based in NYC, is naturally in raptures. Trump nemeses Megyn Kelly and Charles Krauthammer applauded him after the debate ended for the shrewdness of his answer. (Although Krauthammer was wrong when he called it the “moment of the debate.” The real moment of the debate was Trump saying, “I will accept the mantle of anger.”) How weird is the Strange New Respect for Trump for defending New York? This weird:

Cruz “insulted 20 million people,” Trump told CNN last night after it was all over. Which raises the question: Is there any way for Trump to actually gain some votes from this? Not in Iowa or the south, I know, but like I said yesterday, this primary won’t be won in those places. If it’s close and the race drags on into the summer, blue states will become increasingly important — especially the ones that award their delegates on a winner-take-all basis, which the early states where Cruz is strong aren’t allowed to do. Can Trump turn an attack on “New York values” into an insult to blue-state Republicans everywhere? Here’s one possible way:

What a mindfark it would be if Donald Trump, the guy who wants to bar Muslims from visiting the U.S. and to build a wall to keep out Mexican rapists, started attacking Cruz for hyping cultural differences. It’d be an easier segue than it seems, though: We face too many threats from abroad, Trump could say, to risk electing a president like Cruz who wants to divide America against itself for his own political gain. Today it’s “New York values,” tomorrow it’ll be “California values” or “Chicago values” or whatever. Pandering to local pride is a cheap way to ingratiate himself to blue-state Republicans and to attack Cruz’s comparative lack of appeal in purple states in the general election. It’s also a way to confound the media narrative, which will be going full tilt next summer if the’s the nominee, that he’s some sort of new George Wallace who panders relentlessly to white cultural resentments. If he ends up in, say, Pennsylvania preaching American unity and dumping on Cruz for lame culture-war panders, that narrative won’t stick as easily. (The one-liners write themselves: “We can’t Make America Great Again by pitting Americans against each other.”) As weird as it is to imagine, in a two-man race with Cruz, Trump could end up as the “healer.” And if you think that’s ridiculous, make peace with the idea that Trump is going to try to tweak his image at some point in this process if he thinks he can gain electorally from doing so. He’s admitted more than once in interviews that his demeanor as president would be a bit different than it is now, on the campaign trail. If he wins the nomination, he’ll spend the general election campaign talking less about the border than about protecting entitlements and Bill Clinton being a sex offender. He’s an opportunist; if he sees an opportunity to put Cruz at a disadvantage by changing his tone, he’ll happily do it. It’s a matter of him concluding that “unity” will get him more votes than it’ll lose him. It probably won’t right now, but check back in six weeks.

Exit quotation: “The bromance is over.”




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New York Values Cruz

Stupid voters of Iowa Trump

I don’t get it

datrashman on January 16, 2016 at 9:32 AM

When my family visited Boston a few years ago we made the mistake of having a rental car with New York plates… had no idea how MUCH New Yorkers are hated until we were flipped off and nearly run off the road multiple times. The problem with New Yorkers (city) is that they believe they are the center of the universe and so much smarter and better than anyone else. And much of the rest of country resents that.

MomInLatteland on January 16, 2016 at 11:44 AM

The USSR was a country of evil, and even though there were people who opposed to communist ruling. Drawing the line between New York political elite and Trump, and trying to say that NYC is unable to produce true anti-communist is entirely wrong. Anticommunist from NYC would be ten times stronger in his believes than the same from Texas. Why? Because one from NYC has had it enough…

SERGE99 on January 16, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Cruz was right. And Donald Trump said so.

S.S. on January 16, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Trump: Let’s face it, Cruz’s comment about “New York values” was “disgraceful”
Only to a baby butcher. Spare me vile Giuliani’s hypocritical “concern” for 9/11 when he happily, cruelly thrives on the butchering of countless thousands/millions of his unborn in a grossly racist manner (www.blackgenocide.org).
We’d never have outlawed slavery but for the violence of the abolitionists.
When will we get that serious about abortion? Are we really that slothful that we care less about our own babies than slaves? Yes, and God will judge us for it too because they’re ultimately His kids first, not ours, for he gave them to us as His stewards who answer to Him, which we averred under King’s long-ago aborted (pun intended) Civil Rights. God save us.

russedav on January 16, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Hey look, they are erecting “masturbation booths” in NYC.

Gotta love those NY values.

Ad gimmick or not….its tasteless and gross.

alecj on January 16, 2016 at 2:53 PM

Cruz / Al Qaeda 2016 — Attacking NY and American Values

ezspirit on January 16, 2016 at 10:52 PM

I’ve been supporting Trump.

But I have to say that his Eastern bullshit is starting to show, and it’s making me reconsider.

I mean, how insufferable will the Man From Queens be once he’s got his ass dug into power? And Scott Brown? Scott Brown is his idea of a Veep?

Is the Donald so myopic that he can’t appreciate what most of America sees about New York?

Is he going to represent ALL the people or just the beautiful dyfunctional whiny pieces of crap who think they’re God’s gift?

All I can say is . . . Cruz has never looked so good. . . .

Younggod on January 17, 2016 at 10:39 AM

As a native New Yorker, who left the Peoples’ Republic of NY, and now happily resides in Texas, let me ask, does anyone really think that Cruz was ever going to win NY State in the general election? The majority of the population lives downstate, that’s New York City and the counties surrounding the city. That means downstate outvotes the upstate population 100% of the time. The downstate population is overwhelmingly Democrat in its political leanings. That gives NY State to the Democrat political candidate, period. Does anyone believe that the people who voted for DeBlasio as NYC mayor, are going to turn around and vote for Cruz? Cruz has lost NO votes in NY, question is, does his NY values comment hurt or help him in the rest of the country.

kjatexas on January 18, 2016 at 11:45 AM

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