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After cavorting onstage with noted racist Steve King, Republican Senator Ted Cruz shouldn’t be one bit shocked he was run out of the Bronx on a rail yesterday.
Cruz had already taken heat over the past few months for slamming so-called “New York values” while simultaneously collecting campaign donations from New York donors.
But now that the Republican primary has essentially become a two-man race between him and Donald Trump, Cruz had no choice but to return to the scene of the crime as the delegate-rich New York primary approaches.
And, well, that didn’t go over so well for some Latino New Yorkers.
“This is an immigrant community!” one of the protesters at his campaign stop at a restaurant in the Bronx shouted.
“Just because he has a Hispanic last name does not mean he’s Hispanic,” another Latina told the NY Daily News. “His mind is white.”
“You’re running on an anti-immigrant platform, and you’re speaking in the Bronx,” said another Latino man. “You should not be here.”
In true Trumpian fashion, at least one Latino protester was escorted from the restaurant, saying that “we weren’t going to let Ted Cruz come to the Bronx and not face him and let him know he’s not welcome.”
It only got worse for Ted. At one point during that stop, he tried to go on about “our community” and “the Hispanic community,” only to have a Univision reporter challenge him to answer the question in Spanish for viewers. Poor Ted couldn’t do it. Sad!
Earlier that day, a brave group of high school students had successfully lobbied their teachers to cancel an appearance by Cruz, stating that his presence and “ideas he stands for are offensive. His views are against ours and are actively working to harm us, our community, and the people we love. He is misogynistic, homophobic, and racist.”
“Most of us are immigrants or come from immigrant backgrounds,” one of the students said. “Ted Cruz goes against everything our school stands for.”
Looks like Cruz’s anti-immigrant chickens finally came home to roost. Ted really had some gall to try and pull off a stunt like this after being so buddy-buddy with Steve King, that Steve knows his campaign speeches by heart.
Thankfully, students and protesters saw through the empty platitudes and realized that Ted is just a less orange version of Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric. And, no matter who the GOP nominee this November, expect to see more of that multi-ethnic backlash in the future.