The Bronx has a population of over 1.4 million people. When Senator Ted Cruz held an event for his campaign in Parkchester he couldn’t even get 100 people to show up, despite having a conservative Christian minister Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. in attendance next to him.
Cruz went to the Sabrosura Chinese-Dominican restaurant to “listen to the social, economic, and spiritual needs of our community,” according to Diaz. Roughly 70 ministers were there who are affiliated with Diaz. Only 12 voters or so showed up, and 2 of them were later kicked out because they were shouting in protest against Cruz’s immigration stance.
“He is anti-immigrant. He denies climate change. He’s a right-winged bigot and he’s not welcomed here,” protester Rebel Diaz said, who is not related to the senator.
Cruz reiterated his criticism of “New York values” by making it sound friendlier to conservative New Yorkers. Cruz is calling it “liberal Democratic values” now and he associates this term with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
“Let’s be clear. The people of New York know what those values are, the values of liberal Democratic politicians like Andrew Cuomo, like Anthony Weiner, like Eliot Spitzer, like Charlie Rangel, all of whom Donald Trump has supported, given tens of thousands of dollars to throughout the years,” Cruz said on the day after he won the primary in Wisconsin.
“If you want to know what liberal Democratic values are, follow Donald Trump’s checkbook.”
Cruz was asked about Trump’s accusation against him that he broke federal election laws for secretly talking with his Super PACS.
“Donald can always be counted on to take the high road and to demonstrate class. If he wants to engage in insults he’s welcome to do so. He gets very angry when the voters reject him,” Cruz replied.
Cruz directed more criticism against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for not being supportive of the NYPD or charter school expansion.
“One of the first things he did was try to shut down charter schools in Harlem because he is captive to the union bosses who control him. So one of his first actions was to try to throw young African-American and Hispanic kids out of the schools that were giving them hope,” Cruz said.
“Every time there is a confrontation between criminals and cops he sides with the criminals, looters and rioters instead of the police officers.”
Cruz, whose father is a Cuban immigrant, was asked a question in Spanish. He said he understood Spanish, but speaking the language wasn’t as good. That is why he answered in English.
Before Cruz attended the event with the senator, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the senator’s son, criticized Cruz at the Hillary Clinton campaign’s press conference by calling him a hypocrite.
“Ted Cruz is a hypocrite. He not only offended New Yorkers, he offended Bronxites, and now he’s here today in New York and in the Bronx looking for money and votes,” Diaz said. “We in the Bronx know how offensive he’s been. We know the truth about our borough.”
On Wednesday, Cruz received a new endorsement from the Super PAC “New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms,” which represents evangelical Christians in New York.