At a campaign rally on the eve of the New York primary, Donald Trump read aloud an emotional testimonial on what he considers “New York values” and mistakenly said 7-Eleven instead of 9/11.
“I wrote this out, and it’s very close to my heart — because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action,” Trump said at a rally near the Buffalo waterfront on Monday evening, without stopping to correct himself. “I saw the bravest people I’ve ever seen, including the construction workers, including every person down there. That’s what New York values is about.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Trump’s chief rival, criticized the businessman for having “New York values” during a January debate, a comment that backfired on Cruz when Trump came to the defense of his liberal city and used Sept. 11, 2001, as an example. With the New York primary on Tuesday, Trump has been talking about “New York values” nearly nonstop on the campaign trail. He frequently mentions the 2001 terrorist attacks, although he usually cites the proper date.
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