Ted Cruz was reminded of his value to New York City in a nationally televised nightcap doubleheader.
The Texas senator – who angered New Yorkers six years ago when he criticized “New York values” in his failed campaign for president – proved as popular as ever in his controversial return to the big city. happened The adventure began Sunday night with insults and a one-fingered salute at Yankee Stadium, followed by a Monday morning visit to ABC’s “The View” that was interrupted by angry protesters.
Unlike last night, Cruise was at least greeted with applause at “The View.”
“They gave you a better reception than Yankees fans,” said co-host Ana Navarro.
Cruz smiled and shrugged as he settled into a five-woman panel discussion that would touch on everything from Jan. 6 to the Houston Astros’ four-game playoff sweep of the Yankees.
“It’s all right,” he replied. “I was quite happy with the way the game ended.”
The talks quickly broke down when protesters began chanting “Cover the climate now!”
One of the show’s hosts could be heard telling protesters that climate was a topic the show addressed, as moderator Whoopi Goldberg called for calm. It’s unclear whether the blast was aimed at “The Wave” or Cruz, a climate change denier who once famously said “the scientific evidence does not support global warming.”
A trio of protesters allegedly responsible for disrupting Cruise’s tour were removed from the studio.
Security guards were unable to do much in the Bronx on Sunday night, where the Republican leader was heckled by several fans who waved their middle fingers in the 51-year-old conservative’s direction.
Cruz, wearing an orange shirt to match the Astros’ colors, smiled and waved amid a sea of blue Yankees caps and chanted profanities.
“A piece of racism,” one fan yelled as Cruz walked to his seat a few rows behind home plate.
Cruz’s home team is disliked by Yankees fans, who have knocked the Bronx Bombers out of the playoffs in four of the last eight years. Cruz himself became unpopular with New Yorkers in 2016 when he criticized “New York values” while campaigning against former New York President Donald Trump in the Republican primary.
In a Fox Business discussion, Cruz said those values include being “socially liberal, or pro-abortion, or pro-gay marriage” and motivated by money and the media.
“Manhattan doesn’t make a lot of conservatives,” he claimed.
Trump, who fathers five children with three women, has accused them. adultery On Multiple opportunitiesdisagreed, citing the city’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks as evidence of solid character.
“That was a very insulting statement Ted made,” she responded to thunderous applause.
Cruz’s low blow to New Yorkers made him an instant figurehead among them — and led to a famous Daily News front page featuring a photo of Lady Liberty’s finger.
During that race, Trump frequently insulted Cruz — even taking cheap shots at the senator’s wife — en route to defeating his Lone Star State challenger and winning the presidency. Cruz quickly aligned himself with the 45th president on key issues, including a crackdown on immigration. His hard-line stance on the subject inspired a heckler at a Bronx restaurant. Face the Legislature In 2016.
“You’re running on an anti-immigrant platform, and you’re speaking in the Bronx,” New Yorker Rodrigo Venegas told Cruz. “You shouldn’t be here.”
This protester was happy as soon as he was removed from the food.
Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, and moved to Houston as a child, where he was raised by his mother, who is from Delaware, and his father — a Cuban immigrant who became a U.S. citizen in 2005.
Mayor’s spokesman Fabian Levy also gave Cruz the proverbial middle finger on Twitter after Yankees fans shot him the bird, but assured the senator it wouldn’t happen again.
“Criticize our city and this is your proper welcome,” he tweeted. “It’s a fitting welcome for any name. @tedcruz anytime.”