Ted Cruz offered a Wingnut Apology yesterday. That is, he insulted New Yorkers yet again. Also, Hillary Clinton “dresses like” a lesbian, because #slatepitch…. (More)

“I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers that have been let down by liberal politicians in that state”

Ted Cruz knows how to sling a Wingnut Apology. Which is to say, never apologize. So what if you shot a friend in the face during a hunting trip. Make him say he’s sorry for getting in your way. It’s no accident that Mitt Romney’s 2010 I’m A Candidate Book was titled No Apology. And it’s no surprise that Cruz’s ‘apology’ to New Yorkers consisted of insulting them yet again:

You’re right. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio have all demanded an apology, and I’m happy to apologize.

I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers that have been let down by liberal politicians in that state. I apologize to the hardworking men and women in the state of New York who have been denied jobs because Governor Cuomo won’t allow fracking even though there’s been many high-paying jobs just south in Pennsylvania. New Yorkers are denied the ability to provide for their families.

I apologize to all the pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-Second Amendment New Yorkers who were told by Governor Cuomo that they have no place in New York, because that’s who New Yorkers are.

I apologize to all of the African-American children, whom Mayor de Blasio tried to throw out of their charter schools that were providing a lifeline to the American dream.

I apologize to all the cops, and the firefighters and 9/11 heroes who had no choice but to stand and turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio, because Mayor de Blasio over and over again stands with the looters and criminals rather than the brave men and women in blue.

There are many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the State of New York, but everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay-marriage, focus around money and the media.

In other words, “I’m sorry New Yorkers are mostly libtards who elect libtards.” A classic Wingnut Apology.

“I invite you to come to the National 9-11 Memorial and Museum”

That not-an-apology didn’t go down well at all with retired NYPD Officer James Smith, whose wife Moira died in the line of duty on 9/11:

Dear Senator Cruz,

I was disappointed by your disparaging remarks about New York values somehow being different from Iowa and New Hampshire values. I invite you to come to the National 9-11 Memorial and Museum and see for yourself, and perhaps learn something about, the values of New Yorkers and the Heroes who defended American values on September 11th, 2001.

Police Officer James Smith, NYPD, (Retired)

“A cheap appeal to the people of Iowa”

Congressman Peter King wasn’t impressed either:

Coming to New York and basically begging for money from the same so-called rich people that he attacks. Talking about New York’s lack of values when New York was the inspiration for the country. All of Americans were New Yorkers after 9/11. I don’t know any other city in the country or region that could have responded the way New York did to 9/11. There was no panic, there was no fear. There was no crying and complaining.

He was trying to make a cheap appeal to the people of Iowa around that. I think he misjudged where he used the term ‘values.’ I give Trump tremendous credit for the way he used 9/11 last night and used it in a proper way, because after 9/11 Americans everywhere were New Yorkers.

When I hear people taking cheap shots at these guys, are they talking about the cop that ran into the building or the firefighter that ran into the building, or the construction worker that ran into the building? Or, they talking about the social workers who go into these poor neighborhoods? There is this whole cross-section of New York of people who do so much good. And to have these cheap-shot artists like Cruz take shots at us is really despicable.

“Collecting and wallowing in grievances”

No More Mister Nice Blog’s Steve M astutely assesses Cruz’s strategy:

Cruz may never be president, but he knows what wingnuts enjoy more than anything: collecting and wallowing in grievances. In this response, he gathered up a whole mess of ’em, and urged wingnuts everywhere to wallow away.

Not only do right-wingers identify real or ginned-up reasons to be outraged several times a day, they never forget any of their grievances. So Cruz is tapping into a deep well of grievance with this catalogue.

Cruz is playing on wingnuts’ hatred of America’s cities, in the same way Sarah Palin declared small towns “the real America.” Never mind that over 80% of Americans live in urban areas. Wingnuts think the other 20% – their 20% – are the Real Americans™.

“But She Dresses Like One”

Hillary Clinton tweeted her response to Cruz’s idiocy:

Alas, that wasn’t the big Clinton story yesterday. Instead, Slate’s Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart felt compelled to offer this:

Hillary Clinton’s sense of style has been criticized for as long as she has been on the national political scene. One of the uglier forms this mockery has taken, most often in barbed private jokes and comments but occasionally openly by anti-gay activists, has been the “rumors” of secret lesbianism, supposedly evidenced by her pantsuits and her (actually not always full-throated) support of gay rights. Suggestions that Hillary Clinton is or might be a lesbian rightly belong where I first heard them: in the hallways of a middle school, coming out the mouths of homophobic pre-teens. Still, if Clinton were a lesbian, I’d be proud to claim her fashion sense. Clinton embodies something many lesbians accomplish effortlessly: She dresses in a way that does not cater to, or even consider, the male gaze. Clinton has never sought to make herself a sexual object to please straight men, even when such men have mocked and insulted her for having the temerity not to.

This under the click-bait headline “Hillary Clinton Isn’t a Lesbian, But She Dresses Like One.” Because #slatepitch.

And of course wingnuts went wacko over that, because “Why can’t we call her a lesbian??? It’s a double standard!!!”

As if wingnuts won’t continue to trot out the ‘secret lesbian’ rumors anyway. While I agree with Urquhart’s critique of women’s fashion and The Duty of Beauty …

… she reminds me of women’s sports commentators who say “What an amazing move! These women can play!” … as if female athleticism always surprises them.

At least it’s the weekend.

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Photo Credit: Jim Cole (AP)

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Good day and good nuts