After a big win in Wisconsin, Sen. Ted Cruz set out for New York to campaign for their upcoming primary contest next week. One of his scheduled appearances was at a high school in the Bronx, but instead he was the recipient of a nasty surprise.
Several months ago, Cruz used a line of attack against GOP front-runner Donald Trump that he’s probably really regretting right now – he went after Trump’s “New York values.” While he wasn’t specific about what exactly those values are, the phrase didn’t sit too well with proud New Yorkers, especially students at the Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy, where Cruz was scheduled to speak on Wednesday.
Although instead of giving the students a lesson on conservatism, Cruz was the one who ended up being schooled – by the students. Upon hearing that he was going to speak there, the students banded together and wrote a letter to the administration demanding the event be canceled, and it worked.
“We told her if he came here, we would schedule a walkout,” said Destiny Domeneck, 16. “Most of us are immigrants or come from immigrant backgrounds. Ted Cruz goes against everything our school stands for.”
Below is a copy of their letter, via the New York Daily News:
Hello Ms. Duggins,
A group of students will be leaving during 4th period, as act of civil disobedience in regards to the arrival of Ted Cruz to BLCPA. We have all considered the consequences of our actions and are willing to accept them. We respect you and all the staff at BLCPA as well as the expected guests. But we want you to understand that as passionate students, we have ideas and principles that should be heard and respected. This walk out isn’t a reflection of our discontent with BLCPA but our opportunity to stand up for our community and future. This walk out is taking place because we as students all share a common idea.
The presence of Ted Cruz and the 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. He has used vulgar language, gestures, and profanity directed at a scholar and staff members, along with harassing and posing threats to staff and scholars according to the Disciplinary Referral slip. This is not to be taken kiddingly or as a joke. We are students who feel the need and right to not be passive to such disrespect.
To be fair to Cruz, these kids sound like the college snowflakes who need safe spaces whenever someone says as much as “boo” within their proximity. Apparently nobody told them that Cruz is a son of immigrants who came from communist Cuba as political refuges decades ago. However, that didn’t stop the school’s administration from pandering to their pouting.
“Your points are eloquently argued — in fact, so eloquently argued that upon reading your email, Khori Whittaker, the CEO of Lighthouse Academies has agreed to cancel the visit,” Principal Alix Duggins replied.
Duggins went further and praised the students for their “beliefs and values,” which amount to nothing more than fascism, really. The principal also suggested that if she were able to, she would have had Cruz’s event canceled on her own.
“I’d like to commend you and the other students for your commitment to your beliefs and values,” she said. “I believe that I would not have been able to get the visit cancelled without your actions.”
The bad news for Cruz comes at the same time he struggled to muster up even 100 supporters at a campaign event in the Bronx at a restaurant. In fact, of the dozen or so people that showed, several were protesters who were extremely unhappy with the Texas senator.
The New York Post has more:
There are more than 1.4 million people in the Bronx — but Ted Cruz couldn’t even muster 100 at a campaign event in Parkchester with state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., a conservative Christian minister.
Cruz visited the Sabrosura Chinese-Dominican restaurant, where Diaz said the presidential candidate could “listen to the social, economic and spiritual needs of our community” while dining with other clergymen on the eatery’s famed fried rice and plantains.
Aside from about 70 ministers affiliated with Diaz, only a dozen voters turned up — and two of them were tossed out after screaming protests about the Texas senator’s hardline stance on immigration.
So while Cruz may have pulled off a huge win in Wisconsin on Tuesday after throwing every resource available into the state and getting help from numerous Super PACs, it appears as if New York isn’t going to go as well for him. In fact, the latest polling has Trump with over 50 percent of the vote, and Cruz at a very distant third with a measly 17 percent, behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who comes in with 25 percent of the vote among registered Republicans.
Something interesting about the same poll is that 57 percent of respondents said that Trump’s several blunders last week will have no impact on how they vote in the primary. Should these polling results carry over to other states, Trump may very well end up with the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.