Liberals, who typically pride themselves on having cornered the market on “compassion,” turn decidedly vicious when it comes to their conservative and Republican counterparts.
So it’s rather shocking to hear one of the most liberal of the liberal, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, admit he felt a wave of compassion for Donald Trump. Lest you fall off your chair, it must be noted that de Blasio’s compassion for the GOP frontrunner was only fleeting.
Via Washington Examiner:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he felt a fleeting wave of compassion for Donald Trump when the Republican front-runner defended his home city in a January debate after rival Ted Cruz blasted “New York values.”
“It’s one of the few moments Rev. that I’ve actually felt some sympathy for Trump,” de Blasio said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” with Rev. Al Sharpton.
“He responded very powerfully talking about 9/11,” talking about what New York went through and our powerful resilience as a people here in New York, de Blasio added.
De Blasio is no Trump fan — he called the businessman a racist for proposing a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. But Cruz’s rhetoric on New Yorkers has earned the Texas senator another powerful enemy in a state where he hopes to win the next primary on April 19.
In January, Cruz attacked Trump for embodying “New York values.” Cruz that that despite “many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the state of New York,” Americans understand “that the values in New York are socially liberal, are pro-abortion, are pro-gay marriage, focus around money and the media.”
De Blasio called Cruz’s comments “cynical,” “opportunistic and “divisive.”
Ted Cruz is gonna ultimately going to pay for being disrespectful to the people of New York.”
Of course, any compliment — however backhanded — or sign of connection — however fleeting — with a bleeding-left liberal like de Blasio could be more harmful than helpful to one’s support from conservatives.
Ted Cruz noted as much, saying he was relieved that New York Democrats like de Blasio were unhappy with him.
“I arrive in New York, and Mayor de Blasio promptly held a press conference to denounce me — so I must be doing something right,”Cruz said in March. “If Mayor de Blasio ever holds a press conference and says ‘I agree with Ted,’ that will be the instant I hang it all up and realize I’ve gone terribly, terribly wrong.”
I suspect de Blasio’s comments have little impact one way or another on Trump supporters.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]