While Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz may have won big in the Wisconsin primary by beating GOP front-runner Donald Trump by double digits, his recent experience with protesters in New York suggests that the Texas Senator shouldn’t count on having much support in the more diversely-populated states.
Cruz, who was visiting the Bronx in an attempt to garner support in some predominantly Hispanic communities, was greeted by protesters as soon as he stepped out of his motorcade. Two protesters from the Latin hip-hop group Rebel Diaz repeatedly shouted at Cruz as he made his way from his vehicle to a restaurant to address some of his supporters.
Cruz did not reply to the protesters immediately, though he did take a moment to return a blessing cried out by one of his supporters. The protest followed Cruz into the restaurant where they interrupted his address by chanting “This is an immigrant community, Ted Cruz.”
Though most hecklers were eventually escorted from the restaurant by the police, one continued to elaborate his opposition to Cruz before being removed.
WATCH: Protester disrupts Cruz event in New York: "Ted Cruz has no business being in the Bronx."https://t.co/MxGA0DcqYW
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“Ted Cruz has no business being in the Bronx,” a protester said. “We live in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country, and to receive this right-wing bigot is an insult to the whole community.”
Activists also voiced his opposition to Cruz’s denial of climate change, stating that they “deal with climate change every single day, and he wants to say that it doesn’t exist.”
With the New York primary just under two weeks away, it doesn’t look like Cruz will be making much headway with with NYC’s Hispanic voters. Luckily for Cruz, he’s up against another bigoted embarrassment — so it’s really anyone’s game.
Watch video of the initial confrontation below:
Featured image via screen grab (USA Today)