Last week, Ted Cruz angered some New Yorkers — and a lot of liberals — for his “New York values” comment. Donald Trump did his best to capitalize on it, going so far as to invoke 9/11.

This afternoon, George Pataki, former New York governor — and until recently, one of Cruz’s POTUS race rivals — came to Cruz’s defense:

Good for him.

Oh, and don’t think we didn’t notice this:

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‘Yikes’: Donald Trump uses 9/11 image to denounce Ted Cruz for ‘New York values’ remark

No, this is the New York that Ted Cruz is demeaning