Clinton backs up Trump over 'New York values'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal Mellman: Trump love? Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate Judiciary reportedly drops Manafort subpoena | Kushner meets with House Intel | House passes Russia sanctions deal | What to watch at 'hacker summer camp' MORE on Friday made the rare move of backing up Republican presidential rival Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDem rep: Trump can't deliver on promise because of Russia probe Trump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal Trump: 'I won't say' that I should be on Mount Rushmore MORE amid an attack from fellow contender Ted Cruz on the real estate mogul's "New York values."

"Just this once, Trump's right: New Yorkers value hard work, diversity, tolerance, resilience, and building better lives for our families," tweeted Clinton, a former New York senator whose campaign headquarters is in Brooklyn.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) also backed up Trump, tweeting he agreed with the businessman's "love for NYC" and "appreciated his tribute to our city's heroic response to terrorism."

Trump pushed back fiercely on Cruz in the debate Thursday night, speaking emotionally of the response in New York City to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and calling Cruz's remark "insulting."

He continued on Friday morning to slam the "disgraceful" attack from Cruz that has riled media and politicians in the Big Apple, suggesting the Texas senator had "offended about 20 million people."

"There are many, many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the state of New York," Cruz stated during the debate Thursday night in remarks targeted at Trump. "But everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro- gay-marriage, focus around money and the media."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) also slammed Cruz's "anti-American" remarks in a series of interviews Friday morning, calling them "highly offensive" to several groups, including gays.