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Ted Cruz’s victory lap after winning the GOP primary in Wisconsin was short lived as things took an ugly turn for the presidential hopeful in New York on Wednesday.
Two campaign stops went horribly wrong when Cruz couldn’t find any supporters.
Students at Bronx Lighthouse Preparatory Academy were successful in getting Cruz’s appearance cancelled after threatening a walkout.
Parents and teachers were also part of the push to deny Cruz the appearance until principal Alix Duggins and the Cruz camp capitulated. Students had written a letter to Duggins saying a visit by Cruz would be “offensive” since they consider the presidential contender “misogynistic, homophobic and racist,” the Post reported.
“Cruz is extremely unpopular with the students and families who attend the school,” an inside source told The New York Post. “It would have been a mess.”
“This is an immigrant community. Get out of the Bronx.” Protesters greet @tedcruz in New York Cityhttps://t.co/BFVqA6vG8k
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) April 7, 2016
Lighthouse was likely picked as a speaking venue because it is a charter school which both Cruz and his wife Heidi are staunch supporters. Heidi served on the board of the Yes Prep charter school in Texas.
Cruz donated his legislative salary to that school during the 2013 federal government shutdown, according to the Post.
While the folks at Lighthouse denied themselves a different perspective, the Cruz camp decided to hold a meeting at a local restaurant instead.
Cruz met with state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., a conservative Christian and 70 ministers.
Diaz said he had hoped Cruz would be able to “listen to the social, economic and spiritual needs of our community.”
Aside from the clergymen, only about a dozen others showed including at least two rowdy protesters.
“He is anti-immigrant. He denies climate change. He’s a right-winged bigot and he’s not welcomed here,” Rebel Diaz screamed before being kicked out of the event.
Welcome to New York @tedcruz! Here are New York values from the Bronx! (From @betsy_klein) pic.twitter.com/pN0YICaeKa
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) April 6, 2016
Cruz maintained his stance and took a swipe at rival Donald Trump.
“If you want to know what liberal Democratic values are, follow Donald Trump’s checkbook.”
But it’s unlikely he will sway voters in the Bronx as Cruz’s infamous dig on “New York values” still runs deep.
“Ted Cruz is a hypocrite,” Ruben Diaz Jr., son of the state senator, said. “He not only offended New Yorkers, he offended Bronxites, and now he’s here today in New York and in the Bronx looking for money and votes,” Diaz said. “We in the Bronx know how offensive he’s been. We know the truth about our borough.”
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