With the New York GOP Primary coming up in a week, Ted Cruz ‘s “New York Values” comment has been trending again, with so-called outrage coming from the Donald Trump and John Kasich camps.
Below is the clip from the GOP debate in which Cruz first invoked the comment, but clearly explaining what he meant by it.
There are three reasons why I don’t take any offense to his comment.
1.) It is quite obvious that Ted Cruz’s comment was directly referring to the far-left liberal views that New York has in general. He never said there were no conservatives in New York, but there is no denial that it is a very blue state. Don’t forget that Governor Andrew Cuomo even said conservatives weren’t welcome there. Facts are not “offensive.” Facts are facts.
2.) It is respectable to see Cruz defend his comments, despite the amount of criticism and hate he has received from it. We know the left also preaches “tolerance” and being “open-minded.” But when he mentions that New York tends to support liberal values, his critics, including Trump supporters, were angry with their response. To see Cruz have the backbone and not cave into demands of apologizing makes me respect him even more.
3.) Having lived in Illinois my whole life, I would take no offense if Cruz said “Illinois Values” to criticize the policies of the state. Everyone knows that like New York, Illinois is a very blue state and liberal politicians have been the in the majority for decades, ruining economic growth and moral values. This “outrage” over Ted Cruz is purely political by his rivals running for president. It is all politics, they know what he means, and they will continue to push this false agenda to propel themselves.
So it is appalling to see the Trump and Kasich camps attempting to keep creating a false sense of outrage from this. I thought Trump claimed to be politically incorrect. I also thought conservatives were supposed to have a backbone and not be offended by facts. I thought Ted Cruz was absolutely right by his “New York Values” comment because I knew exactly what he meant the moment he said it during the debate, along with millions of other conservatives.