Ted Cruz, fresh off “a terrific victory” in Wisconsin, campaigned at a Chinese-Dominican restaurant in the Bronx Wednesday with a rare New York City breed — conservatives.
The Texas senator met with black and Latino pastors for more than an hour in a curtained-off corner of the Sabrosura 2 eatery in the Parkchester-Soundview neighborhood. He said afterward that his win Tuesday night in the Wisconsin primary signified that Republicans would “come together and unite.”
The primary, in which Cruz beat businessman Donald Trump by a margin of 48 percent to 35 percent, was “a turning point, I believe, in this entire election,” Cruz said.
In New York, where the Republican and Democratic primaries are April 19, Trump is leading Cruz by 56 percent to 20 percent, with 19 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, according to a Quinnipiac poll released last Thursday.
On Wednesday, Cruz reacted sarcastically to Trump’s Wisconsin concession statement, in which he referred to Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted,” “worse than a puppet” and a “Trojan horse” being used by “party bosses” to steal the GOP nomination.
“Donald can always be counted on to take the high road and to demonstrate class,” Cruz remarked. “If he wants to engage in insults, he’s welcome to do so. He gets very angry when the voters reject him.”
Cruz doubled down on his comments, first made in January, deriding Trump for embodying “New York values.”
“It’s the values of the liberal Democratic politicians that have been hammering the people of New York for a long time,” Cruz said. “They have been suffering.”
State Sen. Rubén Díaz Sr. (D-Bronx), one of the pastors who organized Wednesday’s meeting, said Cruz represented his values.
“We believe in traditional values, moral values, family values. New York doesn’t believe in those things, the majority of New York. We’re Christian,” said Díaz, a longtime foe of gay rights and abortion who also supports public-school prayer.