Bill de Blasio, Democratic mayor of New York City, echoed Clinton’s sentiments:

Other pundits weren’t as eager to praise Trump’s hometown defense, citing the contrast between his campaign’s xenophobic rhetoric with the city’s multiculturalism:

Meanwhile, some noticed a discrepancy between Cruz’s public distaste for the New York lifestyle and his dependence on raising campaign funds from New York City donors.

And, of course, jabs at all things New York carry a special kind of dog-whistle significance:

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