It's pretty much a given that I can't stand theocratic nutbar Ted Cruz, and I wasn't surprised to hear him disparage New York values:
"Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro- gay marriage, focus[ed] around money and the media," Cruz said. "Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I'm just saying."
Damn straight, New York values are socially liberal, pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage, focused around money and the media. We have a tolerant, pluralistic society in which minority rights are largely protected (with the exception of some glaring police overreach leading to the deaths of several African-American boys and men), women can determine their reproductive destiny, and LGBTQ people can live and love without fear of persecution by their government. As far as the focus on money and the media go, New York money goes to bankroll 'red states' and New York media dominates because we have a lot of smart, creative people. Ted Cruz actually paid us a compliment, even though his dimbulb audience saw it as a 'burn'.
Donald Trump, as disgusting as he is, does bear some hometown loyalty, and he rightfully lit into Cruz:
"When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York. We rebuilt downtown Manhattan and everybody in the world watched and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers. And I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made."
I would disagree that Ted's statement was insulting, it was the truth, and it's a truth that most New Yorkers would gladly acknowledge, but the important thing is that Trump clearly pointed out Cruz' dickishness.
So what kind of values does Ted Cruz espouse? Well, for one thing, he's totally down with stealing the stuff that belongs to people he considers 'wicked':
I'll take my honest New York values over Cruz-style theocratic thievery any day.