On Thursday’s The Situation Room, CNN Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin slammed Ted Cruz’s comments about “New York values” as a “derogatory term” about Jews which amounted to nothing more than an “old-fashioned” “anti-semitic trope” from "a hundred years" ago.
On the show, host Wolf Blitzer asks Toobin if Trump will benefit in New York for Cruz’s past comments made during a debate in January. Toobin responded emphatically, that Trump would benefit because Cruz’s comments were “a big problem” before he launched into his “Cruz is anti-semitic” conspiracy theory.
TOOBIN: [H]e said New York values are about money and they're about the media. That's an anti-semitic trope from a hundred years. It's been around a very long time. Everyone in the whole country understands what he was saying, and that's a big problem once you get to New York, not just among Jewish voters, but among people who don't appreciate those kinds of stereotypes. Trump is going to hammer away on it. Cruz can try to explain it away, but you can't explain what you said when its meaning is obvious.
Surprisingly, Blitzer pushed back clarifying Cruz’s comments, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy Toobin.
WOLF BLITZER: Well, he says he was referring to liberal politicians in New York state.
TOOBIN: Oh, really? [sarcastically]
BLITZER And he mentioned Cuomo, he mentioned Charlie Rangel, Anthony Weiner. You heard the list of the people he mentioned today.
TOOBIN: But they have nothing to do with money and media. Money and media is Jews. This is just an old-fashioned anti semitic stereotype derogatory term and everybody understands it.
Toobin isn’t alone in his criticism for Cruz. The media has ran amuck with the comments, of course taking them out of context.
Toobin always has nice words for conservatives. After Antonin Scalia passed away, Toobin blasted the esteemed Supreme Court Justice as one who devoted his life to making America a “less fair, less tolerant and less admirable democracy.”