Ted Cruz, facing a huge backlash for his "New York values" comments, issued an "apology" to New Yorkers on Friday—not for anything he said, but for the liberal policies they have to live under. "I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state," Cruz said at a South Carolina event, per USA Today, listing policies like Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ban on fracking and promising that "help is on the way." "I apologize to all the New Yorkers who are pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-Second Amendment," he said, per the New York Times, which notes that he also issued pseudo-apologies in a press release, showing "an impressive handle on New York politics."
The New York Daily News—which had a Friday front page telling Cruz to "go back to Canada," with a picture of the Statue of Liberty giving him the finger—reports that Cruz used the cover in a fundraising email to supporters. "This is the lowest attack against Ted to date and the troubling fact is it’s not going to stop," the email said. Donald Trump robustly defended New York during Thursday night's GOP debate, winning praise even from Hillary Clinton, who tweeted: "Just this once, Trump's right," NBC reports.