Trump Invokes 9/11 to Defend ‘New York Values’ From Ted Cruz

January 15, 2016, 4:16 AM UTC
GOP Presidential Candidates Debate In Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) participate in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower in the current polls. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Proud New Yorker Donald Trump defended his hometown Thursday at the Republican Debate.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz defended his remarks about Trump’s “New York values,” which the billionaire took as a negative remark towards the Big Apple.

Trump fired back with praise of the city’s handling of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, saying “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.”

“And the people in New York fought and fought and fought. We saw more death and even the smell of death, nobody understood it and it was with us for months; the smell, the air,” continued Trump. “And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan and everybody in the world watched and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers. And I have to tell you that was a very insulting statement that Ted made.”

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