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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz visited the Bronx on April 8 and it did not go well for him at all. In fact, it was nothing short of a disaster. For starters, Cruz couldn't even get 100 people at his campaign event in Parkchester with state Senator Ruben Diaz, a conservative Christian minister. Only about a dozen folks actually showed up.

But wait, it gets so much worse. He was originally scheduled to speak about education and the value of charter schools at the Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy, but the event was canceled due to strong opposition from students, teachers, and parents. Students had even written a note to Principal Alix Duggins threatening to walk out if Cruz's appearance went on as scheduled. 

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"Cruz is extremely unpopular with the students and families who attend the school," an insider told The New York Post. "It would have been a mess." Probably like the mess that took place at Sabrosura Chinese-Dominican restaurant in Parkchester. Not only was there a small turnout, but the protesters that were there heckled him saying he had no right to be speaking in the Bronx. Folks literally told him to get out and the two protesters were escorted from the restaurant by police.

"He is anti-immigrant. He denies climate change. He's a right-wing bigot, and he's not welcome here," said protester Rebel Diaz, who is not related to Sen. Diaz. How Cruz thought his campaigning in New York was going to pan out, we don't know, but there's no way he could have been the least bit surprised by this sort of response. 

He has been a supporter of strict immigration and LGBTQ legislation since the beginning of his campaign. He has also spoken disparagingly about New Yorkers and "New York values" in an attempt to criticize his opponent, Donald Trump.

"Ted is a hypocrite. He not only offended New Yorkers, he offended Bronxites, and now he's here today in New York and in the Bronx looking for money and votes," said Diaz's son, Ruben Diaz, Jr. "We in the Bronx know how offensive he's been. We know the truth about our borough."

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Cruz now claims that those words were not targeted towards New Yorkers themselves but to liberal Democratic politicians. He even attacked New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The actions of people like Mayor Bill de Blasio, who in every time there's a confrontation between criminals and political police officers, the liberal Democrats side with the criminals and the looters and the rioters rather than the police officers," said Cruz who even found himself in an awkward moment with a Spanish-speaking reporter.

After being asked a question in Spanish, Cruz who appeared to understand the question, responded in English. The reporter then interrupted him and asked that he respond to the question in Spanish. Cruz responded by explaining that he has "the problem of the second-generation immigrant," claiming that he understands a lot more Spanish than he can actually speak.

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Cruz who is currently at a town hall in Scotia, a town northwest of Albany, is expected to be back in NYC, along with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, who touring a Matzah bakery in Brooklyn. He's also supposed to be visiting the Chabad Neshama Center in Brighton Beach. Let's see how that goes.

Sure, Cruz had a good win in Wisconsin, but it's fair to say that his visit in the Bronx was a complete catastrophe. His uncompromising conservatism and his strict views on immigration are going to be really hard to sell in a state like New York.