This weekend Donald Trump made a stop over to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, visiting the museum adjacent to it. This visit came ten days before the New York primary, where Trump commands a huge lead.
Was it pure political opportunism? Sure, but no more so then when Hillary Clinton tried to convince us all she was human by attempting to ride the subway.
Trump is positioned to take New York on the 19th, with Ted Cruz polling behind John Kasich in the state. That “New York values” comment didn’t go over well in New York – even if it did boost Cruz’s popularity in other parts of the country.
After his visit, the New York Post reported that:
Museum officials announced that the billionaire made a $100,000 donation to the institution.“Mr. and Mrs. Trump were proud to pay their respects at the 9/11 Memorial Museum today in downtown Manhattan. They were given a tour by museum President and CEO Joe Daniels, along with other museum officials and representatives of the NYPD and PAPD,” a campaign statement read. “They were incredibly impressed with the museum, a monument representative of all of the wonderful people who tragically lost their lives and the families who have suffered so greatly. It is also symbolic of the strength of our country, and in particular New Yorkers, who have done such an incredible job rebuilding that devastated section of our city.
“This is what ‘New York values’ are really all about,” the statement added, an obvious slap at Cruz.
The donation technically came from the Donald J. Trump foundation, not his own pocket. I suppose if you think that’s disingenuous, maybe this is confirmation of those “New York values” Cruz was talking about.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]