Donald Trump has had no trouble coming to his own defense in the ongoing GOP battle to the presidential primary, but at Thursday’s debate, the Republican front-runner stood up for his hometown New York.
In an emotionally-stirring defense during the Fox Business Network airing of the Republican debate, Trump accused Sen. Ted Cruz of insulting many with his comments about the Republican front-runner’s “New York values.”
“Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal,” said Cruz, “focused around money and the media.” To laughter and applause Cruz continued: “I can frame it another way: Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I’m just saying.”
Trump appeared quite serious and somber in his reply, saying that Cruz “insulted a lot of people” with his statement.
“New York is a great place,” the real-estate mogul said. “It’s got great people, it’s got loving people, wonderful people. When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York.”
In a level, low voice, Trump continued to expound on the way New Yorkers handled the events of 9/11.
“And the people in New York fought and fought and fought, and we saw more death, and even the smell of death—nobody understood it. And it was with us for months, the smell, the air. And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched, and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers.”
Not even Cruz could argue with that.
Watch the video of the exchange below.
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