In Ted Cruz’s infamous “New York values” barb delivered to Donald Trump, there were two words he used that weren’t really picked up on. Everybody just focused on the New York values part. It was a lot deeper than that.
On Bill O’Reilly’s show the other day, Geraldo Rivera pointed out that what Ted Cruz said was actually anti-Semitic. Bill kind of brushed it off. When Cruz brought up banking and the media, these were code words to describe the stereotypical perception that Jews control the banks and the media, much like the stereotype that all Italians are in the Mafia or all Asians are bad drivers. (OK, maybe that one is true.)
Ted Cruz saying “banking” and “the media” sends a coded message to those who believe in the Jewish stereotype. Are there businesses in the entertainment and banking world that are owned and controlled by Jews? Absolutely. Just like there there are people of Italian descent who are in the Mob. But it’s one of those things you just don’t say if you are running for president. You don’t say it to get votes.
Because Ted Cruz has to campaign in New York, something he thought he wouldn’t have to do because he had the South locked up, he is now trying to walk back his remarks. Cruz went on Dana Bash’s show and said he didn’t mean the people of New York, he meant Democratic politicians like Andrew Cuomo, Chuck Schumer, Charlie Rangel, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. He said the people in upstate New York understood what he meant by New York values. They understand he meant the abortion loving, gay marriage supporting liberals of New York City. But that wasn’t the part that was the most offensive. It was deeper than abortion or homosexuals, and Ted Cruz knows it. Saying New York values and alluding to banks and the media was an anti-Semitic dog whistle.
When Cruz made his remarks, it was before Iowa and all the states in the South voted whose constituents don’t necessarily have a high opinion of Jewish people. When politicians talk about their love for Israel and pander to groups like AIPAC, it is to appeal to donors like Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer and Bill Kristol, all of whom are very hawkish when it comes to Israel. Adelson and Singer can write them a check for $20 million dollars and Bill Kristol can help them gather delegates and support from Jewish voters. It is also to appeal to evangelicals, who believe that it is necessary for Israel to exist for the biblical prophecy of The Rapture to happen. So when you hear people like Glenn Beck and Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum go on about their love for Israel, it has to do with End Times and fulfilling this prophecy.
What does banking and the media have to do with New York values? He wasn’t talking about Andrew Cuomo or Chuck Schumer. He was saying to the people of Iowa and South Carolina, “Donald Trump is basically a New York Jew. His daughter converted to Judaism and just had a little Jew baby. Her husband is a hardcore Jew. The values of New York are nothing but the values of a bunch of Jewish bankers and media moguls. If you elect me, I will keep these Jews in line.” That’s what he was saying. It was coded speech to appeal to anti-Semites in the Midwest and the South.
Ted’s wife works at Goldman Sachs. The conversation after she came home from work? “Those damn Jews are driving me crazy.”
“I know, honey. But if we’re ever going to get to heaven or win the White House, we need them.”
The media goes after Trump because they know he is the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton. They know Cruz is a slam dunk win for Hillary, especially with all the talk of a contested convention. They know that all the disenfranchised Trump voters will not vote for Cruz. In fact, they will actively campaign against him. That’s why people like Dana Bash are not pressing Cruz on what he means by banking and the media.
Ted Cruz is an anti-Semite. Anti-Semitism is not a New York value, nor is it an American value.