In his final campaign rally before New York’s GOP primary on Tuesday, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump touted New York values and trashed his rivals in front of thousands of his supporters in Buffalo, New York on Monday night.
“Tomorrow, we’re going to show Ted Cruz, who hates New York … turned down [Hurricane] Sandy money for this state … no New Yorker can vote for Ted Cruz,” the real-estate mogul stated.
“I never thought it was going to happen,” he said, about Cruz being one of the final three GOP presidential candidates. “I didn’t expect to see either of these two,” he added, also including Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Trump went after Cruz earlier in the evening for voting against aid for the 2012 Hurricane Sandy victims, posting on Twitter, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz even voted against Superstorm Sandy aid and September 11th help. So many New Yorkers devastated. Cruz hates New York!”
Lyin’ Ted Cruz even voted against Superstorm Sandy aid and September 11th help. So many New Yorkers devastated. Cruz hates New York!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2016
Trump spent much of his time during the campaign rally touting New York values, saying they include “honesty and straight talking.”
“The values that make us love this state despite its problems,” he added. “New York has been a symbol of America’s strength to the world.”
On New York values, Trump said:
We see the values with our New York police and fire fighters.
We see it with the New York transit workers.
We see it with families that go to your parks.
You see it in restaurant workers, in delis, in factory workers.
The billionaire trashed what he called a rigged delegate-selection system in both the Democrat and Republican parties. “We’re going to clean it up,” Trump vowed about the system.
He also repeated his promise to build a wall along the southern border, arguing that if the Great Wall of China could be built, then so could the “Great Wall of Trump.”
After going through how many manufacturing jobs have been lost in Buffalo, New York, Trump trashed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), calling it a “Clinton Deal.”
He said NAFTA was a disaster and that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will be worse.
After having the Buffalo Bills’ coach Rex Ryan introduce him, Trump told the crowd that he had unsuccessfully bid $1 billion for the Buffalo Bills, telling the crowd, “We love you, Buffalo!”
Earlier on Monday, prior to the campaign rally, Trump met with the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. That is a group that was formed to push back against claims that Trump was anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim.