Ted Cruz’s appearance in the Bronx didn’t go as smoothly as his campaign staff would have wanted it to. This protestor made sure of that by calling him every name in the book.
The Republican presidential candidate who has criticized Donald Trump for his “New York values,” spent Wednesday campaigning in the Bronx, a borough of New York City known for its largely Hispanic and black population. But the day didn’t go as planned.
One protester, Rodrigo Venegas, interrupted Cruz’s event to call him a “right-wing bigot.”
“You’re running on an anti-immigrant platform, and you’re speaking in the Bronx,” Venegas told Cruz. “You should not be here.”
Bronx resident Edna Ferrer, a 57-year-old hairstylist, stood outside the event with other New Yorkers to challenge Cruz supporters.
“Just because he has a Hispanic last name does not mean he’s Hispanic,” Ferrer told the New York Daily News. “His mind is white.”
The protesters demanded even more media attention, given the poor turn-out at Cruz’s event. Only about a dozen voters showed up to hear him speak with state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., a conservative Christian minister, at a Chinese-Dominican restaurant. And two of them were thrown out after protesting.