9/11 widower invites Cruz to Ground Zero
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A widower of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is inviting Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE (R-Texas) to Ground Zero in order to show him what “New York values” look like.

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NYPD officer Jim Smith, husband of fallen police officer Moira Smith, sent the invitation in a Facebook post on Thursday after Cruz attacked Republican primary front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE for embodying “New York values.”

“I invite you to come to the National 9-11 Memorial and Museum and see for yourself, and perhaps learn something about, the values of New Yorkers and the Heroes who defended American values on September 11th, 2001,” Smith said in the post, as first reported by the Daily Beast.

Trump responded in a similar fashion at Thursday night’s Republican primary debate, invoking the 9/11 attacks and calling the statement “very insulting” to New Yorkers.

“You had two 110-story buildings come crashing down, I saw them come down, thousands of people killed, and the cleanup started the next day, and it was the most horrific cleanup, probably in the history of doing this, and in construction, I was down there,” Trump said at the debate.

“And the people in New York fought and fought and fought, and we saw more death and even the smell of death, nobody understood it, and it was with us for months, the smell, the air,” he continued. 

New York Rep. Pete King (R) also took a shot at Cruz for the putdown, pointing to Cruz’s own New York connections.

“What Ted Cruz said was outrageous, it was disgusting, it was hypocritical,” King said Friday on CNN. 

“I mean, for one thing, his wife works at a large investment bank in New York, and he got a million-dollar loan from that bank, and he’s always coming to New York to raise money for Republicans — including gay Republicans, who he tells behind closed doors he’ll look the other way on gay marriage,” he added.