Trump also hit Cruz for criticizing him for embodying "New York values," citing New Yorkers' resilience after the September 11, 2001, attacks and the firefighters who came from across the United States to help.
"They run into the buildings, and they're running up the stairs and they knew it could collapse, everyone knew it could collapse, and the buildings are coming down, first building, second building, and you have people running up the stairs,” Trump said. "And Ted Cruz criticizes New York and the people of New York. It's a disgrace — I think it's a total disgrace. A total disgrace. So you know, I had to say it, I thought what he said was very sad."
Earlier today, Cruz fired back at Trump for his claims that Cruz's definition of New York values is offensive.
Today’s clash between the two men began this morning with a series of tweets sent by Trump blasting Cruz. Cruz responded to the tweets by telling reporters that it showed Trump wasn't the "stable and steady" type of person a commander-in-chief should be.
"It seems Donald has a lot of nervous energy –- it seems Donald doesn't react well when he's going down in the polls," Cruz said before a stop in Ft. Mill, S.C. "You know in terms of a commander in chief, I think we ought to have someone who isn't springing out of bed and tweeting in response to the latest polls. Stable and steady and a calm hand to keep this country safe."
Cruz said Trump's record doesn’t match the conservative values he's espoused.
"Have you consistently stood for the principles you say you stood for? That is exactly what the men and women of South Carolina are saying, it’s exactly what the men and women of Iowa of New Hampshire are assessing, they're looking at the records of the candidates. I would note that Donald’s record does not match what he says as a candidate. And that’s what the primary process is all about,”Cruz said.
In a moment of humor, Cruz and his team got stuck in an elevator on the way to the stage of their Ft. Mill, S.C., event. When the elevator doors were pried open, a smiling Cruz emerged and joked, “Who put Donald Trump in charge of the elevator?”
Trump was the ninth candidate to stop by Brown's "No BS Backyard BBQ" series. The events have frequently taken place in a nearby barn and actually included barbecue —- but today, a larger crowd poured into a Toyota dealership cleared of its cars and devoid of any barbecue. Instead, as snow fell outside, attendees were treated to what Brown called "modified barbecue" — donuts and coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.