New York City Comes Out Strong to Protest Ted Cruz

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Americans all over the country find themselves disgusted with our freshman senator.

When Cruz came to Manhattan on Friday to keynote speak at the New York State GOP, more than a hundred people showed up to protest with signs like “You Cruz, You Lose”. One Brooklyn mother, Wendy Szymanski, held up a sign declaring that the protesters were “no bunch of squishes” for supporting gun safety, a reference to the name Cruz called other Senate Republicans for moving forward to a gun safety debate.

“Ted Cruz is a Harvard-trained lawyer,” she said. “He knows as well as anyone that it does not infringe on Second Amendment rights to have common sense measures like a background check,” she said. “…Ninety percent of the country agrees that you should not be able to walk into a gun show and say I want an AR-15, without anyone saying, is there a restraining order? Do you have a criminal record?”

Well said. And gun safety wasn't the only issue protesters were there about. “We're going to chase him wherever he goes,” Ramiro Luna said. “We want him to know the immigrant community is not afraid of him.” Cruz is opposed to any pathway to citizenship for America's 11 million undocumented immigrants, and offers no solution to the issue.

Read more below the jump.A prominent New York Republican objected to Cruz's appearance at the event. Rep. Peter King, perhaps New York's most prominent national Republican, boycotted the event because of Cruz's opposition to the Hurricane Sandy aid package.

“Once I found it was him,” Rep. King said. “I decided not to go. I don't know if I would have gone or not because of scheduling things, but that made it easy once I found out it was Ted Cruz.”

“I don't think we should be acknowledging people who are voting against us in our hour of need,” King told Buzzfeed.

Unfortunately, that statement applies to more than hurricane relief. From guns to immigration, Ted Cruz votes against all Americans in our time of need – and with a loud, arrogant voice. It's no wonder Cruz is already facing protests outside of Texas.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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