The battle for Iowa is heating up and the bromance between el Trumpo and the Cruznado is over. Cruz has been using the line that Trump just represents “New York values” in order to emphasize the regional differences between his Texan roots, and Trump’s New York pedigree.
Here’s the audio:
You can watch the whole interview for context here.
Well, el Trumpo pulled the ultimate trump card and started yelling 9/11 in response.
And there are a lot of people who agree with Trump, since New York is so intimately tied in our minds with 9/11:
Cruz tries a poll-test hit on Trump w/ "New York values." Trump responds from the gut & FLOORS Cruz w/ how NYers handled 9/11. #morningjoe
— Boston Bobblehead (@DBloom451) January 14, 2016
Condemning "NY values" tells me you know little about NY. If @realDonaldTrump is smart, he'll remind people what that looked like after 9/11
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) January 14, 2016
The Ted Cruz "NY values" line just played into Trump's hands so completely. Not well-played Ted.
— Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) January 14, 2016
Exactly what does #TedCruz mean"trump embodies NY values"a candidate talking negative about a state when he is running for president
— Elizabeth (@mssinform) January 13, 2016
However Cruz’s criticism is playing in the media, the goal is to win Iowa. If he takes Iowa then the “Trump is a winner” narrative is demolished, and establishes a toehold for Cruz to keep winning. That’s the political strategy he’s employing, even if it angers some in New York.*