In an attempt to insult GOP rival Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz sparked a feud with the entire city of New York.
On Friday, Cruz landed himself on the cover of the New York Daily News in a headline telling him to “drop dead.” The paper’s editors didn’t appreciate Cruz’s insinuation earlier this week that so-called New York City values put a black mark on New Yorker and businessman Trump’s character.
The headline read, “Drop dead, Ted; Hey Cruz: you don’t like N.Y. values? Go back to Canada!” It was a play on one of the most famous headlines in the paper's history -- "Ford to city: Drop dead" -- in response to Gerald Ford denying the city federal assistance in 1975.
This week, Cruz repeatedly implied that Trump's "New York values" were out of alignment with the GOP. During Thursday's GOP debate in South Carolina, he was pressed to lay out what he meant.
"Most people know exactly what New York values are: socially liberal, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, focused on money and the media," he said during the debate.
Daily News columnist Mike Lupica wrote that Cruz should visit the Bronx, the Lower East Side and Brooklyn, to find a diversity of views. He added that he thinks the Texas senator’s opinions come from spending his time only with financial giants in the city such as Goldman Sachs, where Cruz's wife works.
“If you are dumb enough to think that New York values are some sort of handicap in this presidential season, then you are as dumb and tone deaf as Jesse Jackson was calling the city ‘Hymietown,’” Lupica wrote, “as dumb as Gerald Ford was when he gave this paper the most famous front page in its history, the day he effectively told New York to drop dead.”
New York Republican Rep. Peter King also shared his disdain for Cruz’s insults.
"Memo to Ted Cruz: New York Values are the heroes of 9/11; the cops who fight terror; and the people you ask for campaign donations. Go back under a rock,” King wrote in a statement released Thursday.
Trump fired back at Cruz during Thursday’s debate, describing his emotional connection to the people of New York City that came after the 9/11 attacks.
"I saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York," Trump said on stage. "The people of New York fought and fought and fought. We saw more death and even the smell of death and it was with us for months."
For his part, Lupica finished up with a message from New Yorkers.
“City to him: Get lost.”