Cuomo says Cruz should apologize over “New York values” comment (Updated)


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to the national airwaves Friday morning to knock Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for referring negatively to “New York values.”

In recent days, Cruz has traded barbs with Republican foe Donald Trump, a native New Yorker, saying Trump embodies “New York values” and going on to say that New York has policies that “are socially liberal and pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage.”

The comments angered New York’s Democratic governor, who led a campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York in 2011 and has pushed from stronger abortion rights.

“In 30 seconds, he offended gays, he offended women, he offended 18 million people and he offended one of the largest congressional delegations in this country,” Cuomo said on CNN. “You can’t govern like that, you can’t win a campaign like that, and he’s only getting worse and the discussion is only degenerating.”

Updated: Later Friday, Cruz told reporters that he apologizes to the “millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state.”

He took a swipe at Cuomo over the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, saying, “I apologize to the hard-working men and women of the state of New York who have been denied jobs because Governor Cuomo won’t allow fracking.”

In his comments, according to NBC News, Cruz also said that he apologizes to “all the pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-Second Amendment New Yorkers who are told by Governor Cuomo that they have no place in New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Cuomo, who is backing Hillary Clinton for president and was a cabinet member under former President Clinton, has criticized Trump during the presidential campaign, but defended New York and even Trump’s comments about the nation rallying around New York after the 9/11 attacks.

“As Cruz is saying anti-New York and trying to bring up a negative stereotype that is offensive, 9/11 is the exact opposite,” Cuomo said on MSNBC. “9/11 is the symbol of this country’s better angels and the essence of what Americans feel.”

Cuomo has battled with conservatives over the years, in his state and nationally. In 2014, he drew their ire when he said “right to life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay” conservatives have “no place in the state of New York” as he sought to try to explain that they can’t win elections in New York.

Cuomo said Cruz should apologize to New Yorkers.

“I’m always open to give him an education on what New York values are all about,” Cuomo said on NY1. “And if he had any class, he would apologize to the people of New York. Not that I believe they need it or they want it. But if he had any class, he would apologize.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also criticized Cruz.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I am disgusted at the insult that Ted Cruz threw at this city, and its people,” de Blasio told reporters. “And the bottom line is he does not understand, in the least, New York values. I find myself, for once, in agreement with Donald Trump. I think it was right for Donald Trump to defend New York City, and to talk about the heroic actions of the people of this city after 9/11.”


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  1. I don’t recall Cuomo apologizing to conservatives for his own inflammatory remarks telling conservatives to leave the state. Hypocrite!

  2. Cuomo ought to apologize to New Yorkers for bringing such incompetence to the statehouse. He became Governor only because his father hobbled him into public office.

  3. New York is filled with LEFTIST fraud career politicians FROM THE TOP TO BOTTOM.
    Talk about DISGUSTING. The middle class is persecuted, while these politicians suck the taxpayers
    dry. Smart folks are deserting the Titanic in droves.

  4. Native New Yorker on

    Willi –
    Smart people are coming into NYS every day. They fill offices in Manhattan and White Plains from across the nation. They are tearing down homes and building bigger homes, investing in NY.

    Conservative angry folk, who want to roll back the clock on marriage, choice, let the guns flow free, they find it more amenable to move South.

    You don’t support the Middle Class. You support the Conservative Class. You want to let big corporations run wild over everyday people – that’s what your deregulation does. You’re a fool.

    You have guns to shoot and hunt, but you want more…you want semi-automatic weapons so that if you pop a screw loose you can kill all your perceived enemies.

    The “LEFTIST” elected are E L E C T E D by the people. Sorry if you don’t agree with your fellow New Yorkers. Go to Texas and enjoy Ted Cruz Values.

    The “RIGHTISTS” elected Upstate and in other pockets have no more validation than those LEFTISTS elected elsewhere.

    I AM SO SICK of Angry Conservatives. I’m an ANGRY PROGRESSIVE sick of your constant whining and complaining and wailing about your bloody taxes. I pay taxes, too, and I believe in the society and the community not just my own wallet.

  5. Native, everyone knows that more people are leaving than coming to NY. That’s why we’re losing congressional seats. If it were as you say, NY would be gaining seats and nothing could be farther from the truth. And the progressive hostility to the middle class needs to end. We’re aren’t all deadbeats looking for more handouts from the state, we want less handouts and less taxes.

  6. True Human Rights on

    (In one of his top accomplishments as governor, Cuomo pressed the state Legislature in 2011 to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state in the nation to do so and leading other states to follow suit.)

    Is this an accomplishment or a complete Abomination? Can one even imagine what his worst accomplishments were if this is a top accomplishment.

    Pardon me for saying but how can Perverting the meaning of Human Rights do any justice for the Gay community. They too wouldn’t have been born if it wasn’t for a mother and father.

    This sick promoters of Blasphemy are ruining the reputation of this Country on a Worldwide Scale…

    And the Audacity to ask Cruz to apologize for speaking the Truth???

    It’s about time these sickos and perverts were rounded up off the street and out of office, this is downright disgusting!!! I don’t mind respecting other Human Beings that live differently but when they are Hell Bent on forcing those who understand nature to accept their sickness as acceptable it has gone way too far!!!

    Enough is Enough!!!

    There is nothing else in life than True Marriage and Union and Re-creation of Self thru children. Work and Entertainment otherwise with some Travel but what part of Life has been Misunderstood?

    Did people not learn about the Birds and the Bees Basics or did they just prefer to self destruct their own existence. I know people can’t be that Ignorant, One should hope at the least.