Trump: New York values are 'every small act of kindness, every great act of courage'
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE on Monday expanded on the meaning of "New York values," describing them as every act of courage and kindness, while also commending the city for its response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"I'd like to talk about New York values that we all know so well," Trump began, reading comments he'd prepared during a campaign rally in Buffalo on Monday, ahead of the state's primary the next day.
"Where do we see the values?" he asked, continuing to jab at rival Ted Cruz, who made has disparaging remarks about the state.
"We see the values with our New York police and firefighters. They don't get enough credit. These are great, great people, great Americans."
He said you can see New York values in the state's transit workers, in families that go to the parks, in restaurant workers in delis and factory workers in upstate New York.
"You see it all over, you see tremendous, tremendous spirit," he said. "You see if really in the whole fabric of the community."
He continued to describe New York values as "honesty and straight talking."
"You see it in our work ethic. We work hard ... and we're proud. You see it in our family values and our families. You see it in the energy to get things done," he said.
"We're builders. We make things. We have courage, and we do great great jobs for our community, we have great community service, and that's where you see it."
He then pivoted to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, commending the city and its people for how it responded, calling the terrorism a "strike at the heart of our city and our nation and, in fact, even the world."
"This was the worst attack in the history of our country. And when you think of what we've done since then and how we've reacted, that's New York values."
"In our darkest moments as a city, we showed the world the very best of America," he continued.
He commended the firefighters, first responders, police officers and the Port Authority workers for what they did in the immediate aftermath. 
"All of them who ran up those stairs, knowing that the end could be very near. They knew it. They felt that building. They knew bad things were going to happen, and they ran up those stairs and nobody came back. That's New York values."
He talked about people who died providing comfort and care and trying to help others.
"The people in the towers who helped rescue each other and those that perished knowing that if they left earlier, they could have gotten out. They didn't want to do it. They stayed. They helped other people. Those are New York values," he said. 
"The restaurants and local businesses who kept their shops open to help the first responders and help people in need. Those are really the people when you think in terms of New York values. The bravery."
"You never heard about somebody who left, who was running in the opposite direction."
He continued to talk about everyone who helped to clear the rubble, calling those people "amazing."
"Every small act of kindness, every great act of courage," he said.
"Those are New York values."