Ted Cruz is about to see how New Yorkers react to someone who tries to caricature them for political gain. He was quick to brand Donald Trump as a person with “New York values” as if that was somehow evil; New Yorkers will not forget his moniker.
At the time, Mr. Trump was quick to note the resiliency of New Yorkers and how they rebounded from the attacks of 9-11. As Donald Trump faces a probable defeat in Wisconsin on Tuesday, he will then come home to New York for the next major primary, and it may very well put him over the top.
Ted Cruz will rue the day he let the phrase “New York values” slip out of his lips. Now, he is coming to the state hat in hand and will find the going rather tough as a result. Because even though our region is a melting pot for the world, it doesn’t take kindly to those who criticize it or try to profit at its expense.
The last person to incur such hatred from New York was President Gerald Ford who pledged not to help New York when it was in the throes of possible bankruptcy. The Daily News headline, “Ford to City: Drop Dead,” was widely acknowledged to be pivotal when he narrowly lost New York in the general election, and Jimmy Carter was elected instead.
New Yorkers have long memories, Ted.