At Thursday night's GOP debate, Ted Cruz once again reiterated and clarified his position on what he called "New York values" and how Donald Trump once had them. And while I'm by no means a Ted Cruz supporter (frankly, I literally can't stand a single person running for President in either party this year), he brings up a valid point on two fronts.
First, the fact that New York values aren't conservative values, as proven time and time again by who they elect to mayoral, governor and U.S. Senate seats, and that back in 1999, Donald Trump was singing a decidedly different tune on various issues of the day during a Tim Russert interview on NBC's 'Meet the Press' than he is singing now. It should be noted that conservatives during the 2012 Presidential election not only eviscerated Mitt Romney for his alleged "flip-flopping" on issues, but they were more than willing to sit on their hands and stay home during the election, assuring another disastrous term of the worst President in American history, Barack Obama.
Yet these same conservatives are just as willing to jump off a cliff if Donald Trump tells them to.
Did they learn their lesson (I doubt it), or are they just buying into the biggest huckster since P.T. Barnum. You remember Barnum - he of the "There's a sucker born every minute" fame?
But back to the main topic. Cruz was entirely correct when he claimed that you just don't find many conservatives in New York. What Trump did after that was both disgusting in it's pre-arranged response, and disingenuous. By playing the 9/11 card in a political debate, Trump lowered himself to the level of a sleaze master, willing to use the deaths of over 3,000 people to further his ambition. Telling us how great New Yorkers were to come together after the twin towers came down? Really? First of all, THE COUNTRY came together and rebuilt New York - it wasn't just New Yorkers that made that happen. And I would submit that ANY American city attacked as New York was would come together and rebuild itself with American help.
New York ain't that special in that regard.
Ted Cruz missed an opportunity to interrupt Donald J. Bluster during his disgusting response and shut him down. I expected better of someone who has shown as much talent as Cruz has during these debates. Maybe he didn't think Trump wold stoop so low as to use the attacks of 9/11 as a political card to be played, like - well - Democrats usually do.
Shame on him if he did.
And shame on Trump. If he had any, that is.
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