Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s decision to campaign in Bronx, New York, backfired as the turnout was not more than a dozen, two of whom were protesters. Students of the Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy staged a walk out when they learned Cruz would be visiting the school.
Following the decisive win at the Wisconsin primary, Ted Cruz made a visit to the New York City borough on Wednesday to hold a campaign event. He was accompanied by state Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. who is a conservative Christian minister.
He visited the famed Sabrosura Chinese-Dominican restaurant in Parkchester where apart from about 70 ministers affiliated with Diaz, only a dozen voters were present. Out of the dozen voters, two were even turned out for screaming protests against the GOP presidential hopeful.
“He is anti-immigrant. He denies climate change. He’s a right-winged bigot and he’s not welcomed here,” the New York Post quoted the protester as saying.
Meanwhile, Cruz emphasised his “New York values,” though he termed them as “liberal Democratic values” to make it easier for the conservative New Yorkers to digest. He then linked the values to GOP rival, Donald Trump.
“Let’s be clear. The people of New York know what those values are, the values of liberal Democratic politicians like Andrew Cuomo, like Anthony Weiner, like Eliot Spitzer, like Charlie Rangel, all of whom Donald Trump has supported, given tens of thousands of dollars to throughout the years,” said Ted Cruz.
“If you want to know what liberal Democratic values are, follow Donald Trump’s checkbook,” he added.
Students of Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy said they would leave the school premises in an act of protest against Cruz and his ideas. According to the students, those are offensive and against their community. The school had to cancel the visit following the students’ response.
Trump, on the other hand, drew thousands to his rally in Long Island on the same day. The huge disparity in the turnouts in the same city, the same day, underlined the support that Trump still enjoys at his home state.
“First of all,” he told the cheering crowd that gathered for him, as quoted by the News Day, “It’s great to be home.”
“I love these people. These are my people,” he added. Although Trump also had protesters among the crowd, the number of supporters overwhelmed them by much wider margins.