Here's What Happens When You Diss NY (cc: Ted Cruz)
Big mistake, Ted. Big. HUGE.
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2016 12:55 PM CST
Donald Trump, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

(Newser) – Ted Cruz is eliciting particularly strong reaction this week—especially from people in the Empire State. In a Tuesday radio interview, Cruz railed against Donald Trump, saying the businessman "embodies New York values," BuzzFeed reports. Cruz followed up on Fox News, telling Megyn Kelly, per the Washington Post: "The rest of the country knows exactly what New York values are. … They're not Iowa values and they're not New Hampshire values." And in Thursday night's GOP debate, he doubled down and effectively scuttled his "bromance" with Donald Trump, as CNN frames it, saying New Yorkers tend to be "socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage, focus around money and the media." Them's fightin' words:

  • The New York Daily News sums up its response by way of a prominent appendage. MarketWatch posts a graphic of the paper's Friday cover, showing the Statue of Liberty flipping the bird next to the headline "Drop Dead, Ted."
  • Daily News columnist Mike Lupica also unloads on Cruz, saying on his next visit here, the senator "should tear himself away from his friends at Goldman Sachs and make a side trip to the Bronx."
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ticked, calling Cruz "hypocritical" and "anti-American," per Business Insider.
  • From a voice on the right: In the Washington Post, conservative journalist Jennifer Rubin writes that Cruz runs the risk of sounding as "condescending and divisive" as Obama.
  • The Atlantic, which says Cruz's GOP stunt "backfired spectacularly," wonders about a bigger question: How is this going to affect the GOP nomination?
  • Ted Cruz "accidentally [proved] Donald Trump is human" during the debates, per the Daily Beast. Check out what Trump said that floored his rival and everyone within earshot.
  • Reaction from the rest of the world at #NewYorkValues.