After a visit to the South Bronx, one thing is clear: No one is fooled by "Teddy from the Block."
While at a campaign stop, Rodrigo Venegas, one half of political hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz, confronted Republican presidential hopeful Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who had been trying to warm up to the Bronx's Latino population.
"Ted Cruz has no business being in the Bronx," Venegas yelled at Cruz during his campaign event at a Latino restaurant. "This is an immigrant community. We deal with climate change every single day. And he wants to say that it doesn't exist. We are in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. "And to receive this right wing bigot is an insult to the entire community."
Venegas had much more to say when he was able to confront Cruz face-to-face. According to Hip Hop DX, Venegas asked Cruz, "Senator Cruz, why do you come to the Bronx, an immigrant community, with such an anti-immigrant stance?"
Cruz responded with "We're a country of immigrants, sir."
Cruz definitely played up his immigrant identity during the stop, as well. In a video by NowThis, Cruz speaks to people at the event in Spanish. But that didn't really help him with the crowd.
Protesters heckled Cruz throughout his entire event. As he walked into the restaurant, one woman outside yelled, "You forgot your Bronx visa! Get out of the Bronx!" and once again yelled "Get out of the Bronx!" while another said, "Did you know this is an immigrant community?"
Cruz has had zero luck in the Bronx. Earlier this week, Cruz canceled an event at a Bronx High School when student planned a walk out.
Much like Jennifer Lopez, it seems like Cruz might find himself "on the 6" train very soon.