Geraldo Rivera jumped into the political fray surrounding Ted Cruz's comments about "New York values," sayingnthat the comments have "anti-semitic implications."
"Aside from the stinking anti-Semitic implications that I see in that whole ‘New York values’ money- and media-coated message that he put out there pandering to those Iowa voters, he also voted against Hurricane Sandy relief. He also voted against compensation for 9/11 victims. This is a man whose interests are absolutely antithetical to New York," Rivera said on The O'Reilly Factor Thursday night.
O'Reilly, who hosted Cruz in the same hour, jumped to his defense: "Look, Rivera, I'm a life long New Yorker as are you... If he says 'New York values' to a bunch of Evangelicals [in Iowa], it's not anti-Semitic," O'Reilly said. "He's pointing to de Blasio, to Cuomo, to the progressive crew."
"He could have very easily said that," Rivera replied. "There's a million ways he could have said that that he did not."
"This anti-semitic business is bull," O'Reilly said. "You don't have to do that."