At Fox Business Network's Republican presidential primary debate on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) was asked what he meant by his comment about Donald Trump and his “New York values,” and Trump was ready with a Beastmode comeback.
Cruz attempted to explain that most from New York do not support the same values that align with conservative values.
“There are many, many wonderful, wonderful hard working men and women in the state of New York but everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal, pro-abortion, or pro-gay marriage, focus around money and the media. And I would note that the reason I said that is I was asked … my friend Donald has taken to at his events playing Bruce Springsteen's ‘Born in the U.S.A.' And I was asked what I thought of that and I said, well if he wants to play a song he should play ‘New York, New York' and the concept of New York values is not that complicated to figure out,” Cruz said.
Cruz brought up Trump's interview with Tim Russert where Trump explained his views. Cruz pointed out that Trump's views were different when the interview took place than what they are now.
“I guess I can frame it another way,” Cruz said. “There are not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I'm just saying.”
Trump fired back at Cruz's attack and said that there are conservatives that do come from New York City.
“So, conservatives actually do come out of Manhattan—including William F. Buckley,” Trump said.