Rudy Giuliani on Friday said Ted CruzTed CruzNet neutrality fight descends into trench warfare Secret Service: No guns at Trump NRA speech Cruz: Breaking up 9th Circuit Court ‘a possibility’ MORE should apologize to New York City for attacking its "values" in the presidential race.
"After all we have been through as a city and as one undivided nation, to have a United States senator running for President paint New York as a city consumed with greed, sin and media obsession is shocking," Giuiani, who has not made an endorsement in the 2016 race, wrote in the New York Daily News.
Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City who made an unsuccessful run for the White House in 2008, joins a growing list of figures pushing back against the Texas senator.
Cruz this week said Republican voters should reject Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order Bush ethics lawyer: Trump should strip Flynn of military title Dems might begin again with Kamala Harris and California MORE and the “New York values” he embodies, such as support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
Even Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOvernight Cybersecurity: Anticipation builds for Trump cyber order | House panel refers Clinton IT contractor for prosecution | Pentagon warned Flynn about foreign payments Trump’s foreign policy of more is about money Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' MORE backed Trump on Friday, tweeting that “New Yorkers value hard work, diversity, tolerance, resilience, and building better lives for our families.”
A spokeswoman for the senator defended the statement on Friday, saying the country must not become like liberal Manhattan.
Trump rebuked Cruz for the attack during the GOP debate on Thursday while recalling how his home city responded to the 9/11 attacks.
"When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York," Trump said.
Giuliani, who was mayor at the time of the attacks, said New York should be proud of Trump, who delivered a “strong, truthful and eloquent defense of our great city and nation.”