Oli Coleman, 15 enero 2016 / THE NEW YORK DAILY MAIL
New Yorkers are getting worked up about the wrong thing: Don’t be angry that Ted Cruz mocked Donald Trump and his “New York values.” Be angry that he suggested that Donald Trump has “New York values.”
Yes, Donald Trump’s birth certificate (and I don’t care if it’s the long form one or not) says he was born in the city, but nothing he has said since this campaign started suggests that he’s a real New Yorker.
And we all know good it feels to be called a New Yorker.
It feels good to be thought of as an embodiment of this great town — one walking one-eight-millionth of it. To be called a New Yorker is to be called special. It’s important to us.
It’s a badge of honor but it’s one that we pay for because it’s tough to live here: it’s expensive and it’s inconvenient and it’s uncomfortable.
So we’re not letting anyone take that name for free. We’re not letting any old Sun Belt sandbagger with a tan and a car and a robust 401K slap it on his chest because he once spent a summer at his aunt’s place in Yonkers, like one of those tacky guys who goes to England and pays to be called the “Lord” of a made-up duchy.
That’s why we, unlike any other city, have barriers to entry — tests you have to pass to call yourself a New Yorker (even though nobody agrees on what they are).