New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
(D) said on CNN's "New Day" that Cruz's attack is "antithetical to who we are," while the New York Daily News cover
simply told Cruz to "drop dead."
Cruz repeated the line he has been using for several days during the sixth GOP debate Thursday night, adding people in New York support "socially liberal" values such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
Cruz mentioned the "many, many wonderful" residents of New York but also added that "not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan."
"I thought it was terrible. You know, you have offended about 20 million people. That's a lot of people," Trump said in an interview Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," further panning the "disgraceful" attack.
Even Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a strong supporter of Cruz, acknowledged the senator's attack may have backfired.
“I didn’t think he went too far until I saw Donald Trump’s reaction. And then I thought it would have been better on the part of Ted Cruz not to have had that exchange,” King said on CNN's "New Day
King said Trump spoke with his "heart" in responding to Cruz, though he added that Trump invoking 9/11 was a "below the belt" response to Cruz "because there's no way to defend yourself from that."
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), another member of Congress who often spars with Cruz, had slammed Cruz's quip heading into Thursday's debate, telling
the Texas senator to "go back under a rock."
"It's very disturbing on many levels and hypocritical criticizing New York money," Cuomo said on MSNBC. "I'm sure now that he won't take a donation from anyone in New York," Cuomo added, sarcastically.
Cuomo called Cruz's quip remark "highly offensive" during his own interview on "Morning Joe."
"It was anti-American, it wasn't just anti-New York," Cuomo claimed. "In 30 seconds, the man was offensive to gays, he was offensive to women by attacking pro-choice women, and this is what he does."
Cuomo also knocked Cruz in a NY1 interview
, saying he had "offended 18 million New Yorkers."