After Ted Cruz insulted Donald Trump’s “New York values” during Thursday night’s debate, viewers took to social media to criticize and lampoon the Texas senator.
In a verbal attack on Trump, Sen. Cruz admonished the real estate mogul for “embodying New York values,” NBC reported, adding that Cruz’s statement drew a swift rebuttal from Trump and on Twitter from debate watchers at home.
“I think most people know what New York values are. … Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan,” Cruz was quoted during the debate in a related Guardian report.
“[Cruz] has insulted a lot of people. New York is a great place, great people, loving people, and wonderful people,” Trump was quoted by NBC in response to Cruz’s accusation.
New Yorkers used the hastag #NewYorkValues on Twitter to immediately begin firing back at Cruz’s remark, NBC added.
— Ben Schwartz (@benschwartzy) January 15, 2016
— Eliza Byard (@EByard) January 14, 2016
People who complain about #NewYorkValues are the same people who come to the city and only visit Times Square
— Mark S. Luckie (@marksluckie) January 15, 2016
I buy a new $5 umbrella every time it rains. #NewYorkValues
— Steve Lacy (@StevenLacy) January 15, 2016
Trump also hit back at Cruz, claiming the 9/11 attacks revealed that New York was much loved by the rest of the world, according to the Guardian, which quoted Trump’s response.
“The people of New York fought and fought and fought. … Everyone in the world watched and everyone in the world loved New York. I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made,” Trump stated.