Ted Cruz tried to make an excuse for his anti-semitic comment about New York values yesterday by saying he was only referring to politicians like Andrew Cuomo and Bill DeBlasio, and then he threw in disgraced pols Anthony Wiener and Eliot Spitzer.
His attempt to claim he was not referring to New Yorkers in general falls flat because New Yorkers were the ones who elected the above people. In reality, Cruz was initially trying to take advantage of prejudice against New York in order to win the Iowa caucuses.
This tactic suggests Donald Trump was right when he said Ted Cruz would do anything, say anything, to win an election. But now this strategy has come back to bite him. New Yorkers have long memories, and they don’t reward Texans for trashing their state.
When President Ford refused aid to New York City, the banner headlines screamed, “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” As a result, Ford narrowly lost New York State and the Presidential election to Jimmy Carter. Ted Cruz deserves to experience a similar dynamic.
It would be even richer if New York ends up supplying the margin of victory for Donald Trump when the primaries are over. That will give Mr. Cruz time to digest the other side of New York values.