“I lived in New York City in Manhattan all my life. My views are a little different than if I lived in Iowa.”
— Donald Trump, Interview with NBC’s Meet the Press host Tim Russert, October 24, 1999.
As the mass media aligns with Donald Trump to unload on Sen. Ted Cruz over his rebuttal to the former’s very own disparaging remarks about Iowans to the late Tim Russert in 1999, I want to expand on what Trump’s “New York Values” mean to me—a lifelong conservative resident from East Tennessee.
And I want to refresh everyone’s memory as to what Trump’s values are.
Note within the full transcript of the exchange, Trump justified three times his “New York Values” legitimize his far left-wing position over the opposite ones which Gov. Andrew Cuomo informed conservatives they are not welcomed to live in New York state.
RUSSERT: Do you think gays should be allowed to be married?
TRUMP: It’s something I haven’t given lots of thought to. I live in New York City, there is a tremendous movement on to have and allow gay marriage. It’s just something that is too premature for me to comment on.
RUSSERT: How about gays serving in the military?
TRUMP: It would not disturb me. I mean, hey, I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life, so my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa, perhaps…
RUSSERT: Partial birth abortion. Eliminating of abortion in the third trimester. Big issue in Washington. Would President Trump ban partial birth abortion?
TRUMP: Well, look, I’m very pro-choice…and again, it may be a little bit of a New York background, because there is some different attitude in different parts of the country, and you know, I was raised in New York, and grew up and work and everything else in New York City.
RUSSERT: But you would not ban it.
TRUMP: No…I am pro-choice in every respect as far as it goes, but I just hate it.
I recall far too well where I was upon learning the World Trade Center had been hit. Dad and I watched the extensive live coverage at Ground Zero nearby where ABC, CBS and NBC are based. The constant narrative was, and remains, the World Trade Center, how the Twin Towers fell—how as many as 10,000 were feared dead inside the two towers, not to mention those who perished below beneath the debris, all captured on film. And ever since September 11, 2001, I have felt only one area of discontent at the response by the same media which continues to marginalize the lives lost aboard two other planes.
American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon located outside Washington, D.C., in Arlington County, Virginia, was a sure sign our federal installations inside the Beltway were not secured. But it is the fourth—United Airlines Flight 93, which initially was steered by the hijackers to strike the nation’s capital—whose passengers crashed it into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, who should be celebrated as the most courageous of all to fall that day. America’s exceptionalism which their final dialogue no doubt embodied was alive and well as they understood they were about to die. They thus made the greatest possible sacrifice to save further lives. Yet their sacrifices are comparatively ignored due to a field uncultivated by concrete lacked the same glamour as the New York City skyline.
Did the ignored unsung heroes aboard United Airlines Flight 93 not reflect Trump’s “New York Values” expressed before Russert in 1999? What might have happened had the pro-life conservatives aboard Flight 93 always “clinging to their guns and religion,” who sacrificed all to save scores of unspoken lives found instead that those Al-Qaeda hijackers had taken box-cutters to a gunfight? Might they have been condemned by Gov. Cuomo as “extreme” conservatives unwelcomed in the state given he generalized all Republicans to be reflections of the “gridlock going on in Washington”?
What of current New York City mayor “Comrade” Bill De Blasio, who concurred with Cuomo by arrogantly citing “our people, our people” as if New York City were synonymous with Black Lives Matter?
In fact Trump both donated and openly endorsed “big league, smart guy” De Blasio on October 24, 2013.
“New York Values” indeed.
It so happens those “extreme conservatives” De Blasio described as “proto-fascists” supporting Donald Trump sold their “soul” to bask in his “New York Values”. In this instance, De Blasio is certainly correct regarding Neo Nazi ties to Cuomo and Trump’s “New York Values”. Not to mention his own.
Add now to the list that piece of work Rudy Giuliani, who endorsed “his friend” using his greatest anti-Pace Picante Sauce Yankee supremacist rhetoric many Southerners (like myself) loathe as do Trump’s Iowa “morons”: “It’s New York City. We’re family. I can make fun of New York, but you can’t!”
Well, God bless Texas, because only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy! “New York Values” live from… really, Manhattan… ignore those “ultra conservatives” Upstate!
For 14 years, Giuliani has ghoulishly fed off the opportunity the dead on 9/11 provided him as his means to rise to political notoriety. He should be ashamed for the manner in which he does.
Who died inside the Pentagon? Well, of those 2,996 who did throughout that morning, 2,763 were killed in New York City, while the other 298 perished in “parts unknown”. Why does Donald Trump, who insists Sen. Ted Cruz hates New York, “who won’t give New York anything” because he “mocks” those who died on September 11, 2001, care given for the first time yesterday, he visited the 9/11 Memorial?
“New York Values” indeed.
“New York Values” to Southerners reflect the sniveling supremacy still driving the spoils of victory during the post Civil War period where during Reconstruction, wealthy big city northerners exploited poor sharecroppers and farmers (roughly 1.4 percent of white Southerners in 1860 owned any slaves).
Southerners insult northerners with two old terms, one of which is carpetbaggers. They were each viewed as outsiders, as opportunists, to what today is termed “parachute candidates”—or outsiders who run for public office in an area where he or she does not have deep community ties in the post Civil War era. But the best pejorative is really scallywag, which describes people who behave badly.
Because New York City is the center of the universe, a liberal Mecca where the media, big banks and corporations all converge, where the majority of New York power brokers are located, and where the far left-wing political machine and dying “Rockefeller Republicans” still reside, Iowa voters Trump labeled “morons” are not permitted by Giuliani’s logic to either criticize him nor to honor the victims inside the Pentagon and the greatest heroes of that terrible day aboard American Airlines Flight 99.
They did not reflect “New York Values” because they did not die at Ground Zero. And they never will.