New York Daily News To Ted Cruz: "Drop Dead"

January 15th 2016

Alex Mierjeski

The New York Daily News' Friday morning cover has presidential candidate Ted Cruz in its crosshairs, telling the Texas senator to "drop dead" over disparaging comments he made about "New York values."

The cover, which features a picture of Cruz and the statue of liberty giving the middle finger, goes on to suggest that the candidate might do well to return to his homeland, Canada. 

Here's the cover, in all its New Yorkian glory: 

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The not-so-subtle message comes after a stir over comments Cruz made earlier in the week about the generally liberal values of Donald Trump's hometown of Manhattan, saying in a radio interview that the businessman "may shift in his new rallies to play 'New York, New York' [...] because Donald comes from New York and he embodies New York values." 

Asked to explain his dig at the Trump campaign on Fox News, the candidate said, "The  rest of the country knows exactly what New York values are. I got to say, they're not Iowa values and they're not New Hampshire Values." 

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At Thursday night's republican debate, the candidate dove in again, explaining that the Big Apple's values "are socially liberal, are pro-abortion, are pro-gay-marriage, focused around money and the media." 

Trump and others shot back with an answer Cruz seemed to walk straight into.

"He insulted a lot of people," the real estate mogul said. "When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York."