Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera slammed Sen. Ted Cruz in his most recent appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor,” telling host Bill O’Reilly the presidential contender reeks of anti-Semitic messaging and does not have views in line with most New Yorkers.
“Aside from the stinking anti-Semitic implications that I see in that whole ‘New York values’ money- and media-coated messages that he put out there pandering to those Iowa voters, he also voted against Hurricane Sandy relief,” Rivera said, the Hill reported. “He also voted against compensation for 9/11 victims. This is a man whose interests are absolutely antithetical to New York.”
O’Reilly defended Cruz, saying Cruz was hardly anti-Semitic.
“If he says ‘New York values’ to a bunch of evangelicals, it’s not anti-Semitic,” O’Reilly said, explaining how Cruz was actually talking about left-leaning New York residents who consistently voted Democrat.
“He could have very easily said that,” Rivera said, the Hill reported. “There’s a million ways he could have said that that he did not.”
Another television personality, Jeffrey Toobin on CNN, said similarly in a separate appearance on his cable outlet.
“He said New York values are about money and they’re about the media,” Toobin said, during a discussion with host Wolf Blitzer. “That’s an anti-Semitic trope from a hundred years. It’s been around for a very long time.”
As with O’Reilly, Blitzer argued that Cruz was speaking only of left-leaning Democrats in the state.
But Toobin replied: “Money and media is Jews. I mean, this is just an old-fashioned, anti-Semitic stereotype, derogatory term and everybody understands it.”
The discussion came on the heels of Cruz’s campaign references to New York values, when he spoke of “the values in New York City focus on money and media.”