The New York Daily News was blasted online for a cover set to hit newsstands Friday targeting Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
"DROP DEAD, TED," read bold letters on the front page of the liberal newspaper — directly next to an image of the Statue of Liberty giving the senator the middle finger.
Stop the presses! A new Page 1... DROP DEAD, TED: https://t.co/68hKgqmjBx https://t.co/veDsxLYDTN— New York Daily News (@New York Daily News) 1452840238.0
The cover was a response to comments the Texas senator made about "New York values." Earlier this week, Cruz went after 2016 rival Donald Trump by arguing that the businessman had "New York values" and, thus, wasn't aligned with Iowa voters.
During Thursday night's debate, the senator stood by his remarks and argued "not many conservatives come out of Manhattan." In a poignant moment, Trump offered a powerful rebuttal invoking 9/11 that earned him much praise.
Readers of the Daily News, however, seemed to care less about the comments Cruz had made and more about the over-the-top statement the paper had printed on its cover. Some even contended the Daily News was proving Cruz's point.
@NYDailyNews I am NOT a supporter of Cruz, however this picture is disgusting, even for N.Y, media.— Steven Nelson (@sn64867) January 15, 2016
@NYDailyNews Way to perfectly illustrate Cruz's point. This is embarrassing.— John Iaquinta (@JohnnyMets213) January 15, 2016
@NYDailyNews Oh yeah, that'll teach 'em some values! How the hell are you hacks still selling papers?— Nancy (@EnPointe2)January 15, 2016
A spokesperson for Cruz's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze.
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