New York’s own "Saturday Night Live" fired back at Ted Cruz by suggesting his only knowledge of the Big Apple was from “Seinfeld."
The show took a shot at the GOP presidential candidate after he said New Yorkers were “socially liberal, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion rights” and “focused on money and the media.” The comments evoked a wave of criticism from Big Apple dwellers -- from fellow presidential contender Donald Trump to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
But Cruz’s place in the New York doghouse was solidified this weekend during "Saturday Night Live’"s cold opening.
In the skit, which recreated Thursday’s debate, cast member Taran Killam channeled Cruz and took the “New York values” comments a step further.
"Instead of celebrating Christmas, New Yorkers celebrate a pagan holiday called ‘Festivus,’ ” Killam's said in his best Cruz impersonation. “In New York, people don’t say ‘hi' to their neighbors. they say, ‘Hello, Newman.’ ”
On Friday, the real Cruz gave a follow-up “apology” in which he targeted state politicians.
"I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by the liberal politicians in that state,” Cruz told reporters.
He added, "I apologize to all pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-Second Amendment New Yorkers who were told by Gov. Cuomo that they have no place in New York.”
Cruz reportedly gave an encore of his “apology” Friday at a campaign rally in Tigerville, South Carolina.
“Now, I hope that was the apology they were looking for,” he said at the event, according to CNN.
Watch the 'SNL' skit here.