Twitter had a strong message for Ted Cruz last night: Don't mess with New York.
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At the Republican debate in South Carolina, Cruz attacked his main rival, Donald Trump, for his "New York values."
"Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage," Cruz said. "Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan."
Trump was quick to chastise his opponent for his "very insulting statement."
Yet the biggest backlash came from Twitter. The hashtag "NewYorkValues" took the site by storm, with users aiming to show Cruz what exactly those values really are.
Some of the responses were serious, coming from top elected officials like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called into the local news media company NY1 to offer a personal lesson for the Texas senator.
"[New Yorkers are] not judgmental, negative and hostile the way Cruz was," he said. "I’m always open to give him an education on what New York values are all about."
Just this once, Trump's right: New Yorkers value hard work, diversity, tolerance, resilience, and building better lives for our families. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 15, 2016
There is ONE thing I agree with @realDonaldTrump on: his love for NYC. Appreciated his tribute to our city's heroic response to terrorism.— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) January 15, 2016
Never thought I would agree w/ Trump so much but he's right about New York values. There are a lot of great people in this city. #GOPDebate— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 15, 2016
Trump right to defend NYC and did it beautifully and movingly. Let's move beyond this now.— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) January 15, 2016
Many, like Trump, evoked the heroism and unity in the city following 9/11.
Others took a more light-hearted approach.
The hashtag New York Values has been tweeted more than 10,000 times.