CNN reported on Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a candidate for president of the United States, has offered an apology – of sorts – for all the New Yorkers who may have been affronted by his “New York values: gambit. Cruz had artfully suggested that his main rival Donald Trump was adhering to New York values – taken to mean far left positions on the issues that many outside New York City would find off-putting. Trump had just as artfully invoked the spirit of 9/11 to suggest that Cruz was being offensive. The New York Daily News went even further by publishing a cover story with the title “Drop Dead, Ted” with the Statue of Liberty making a rude gesture.
The text of Cruz’s apology follows:
“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio have all demanded an apology. I’m happy to apologize:
“I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state.
“I apologize to the hard-working men and women of the state of New York who have been denied jobs because Governor Cuomo won’t allow fracking. Even though there had been many high paying jobs just south in Pennsylvania, New Yorkers are denied the ability to provide for their families.
“I apologize to all the pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-second amendment New Yorkers who were told by Governor Cuomo that they have no place in New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.
“I apologize to all the small businesses who have been driven out of New York city by crushing taxes and regulations.
“I apologize to the millions of unborn children, many African-American and Hispanic, whose lives have been taken by politicians who relentlessly promote abortion on demand with no limitations.
“I apologize to all of the African-American children who Mayor de Blasio tried to throw out of their charter schools that were providing a lifeline to the American Dream.
“I apologize to the people of New York who are offended when the New York Daily News lambastes anyone who prays for victims of violence.
“I apologize to the people of faith who are ridiculed and insulted by the New York media.
“And I apologize to all the cops and the firefighters and 9/11 heroes who had no choice but to stand and turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio, because Mayor de Blasio over and over again stands with the looters and criminals rather than the brave men and women of the law.
“And to the millions of conservatives–working men and women in New York, with common sense values, trapped by the failures of your political leaders–I am glad to tell you, help us on the way. 2016, like 1980, will bring America back.”
Cruz’s “New York values” attack came under some pointed criticism by the media, much of which if based in New York. The consensus is that Trump scored a considerable hit on Cruz by playing the 9/11 card, rendering Cruz temporarily speechless.
Cruz, being the savvy politician, is attempting a rhetorical riposte, making an apology that is not really an apology while driving home about why he feels that New York values are so out of the mainstream. His hope is that, like Donald Trump, he burnishes a reputation for blunt speaking, telling things as they are, regardless to how they might bruise feelings. He will also continue his new offensive against Trump in an attempt to take down the mercurial businessman in advance of the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary.