I often feel sorry for music performers at restaurants, especially when it is a band and not (say) a solo pianist who knows that he or she is there to just provide background music. It must be galling when the people in the room completely ignore you and continue to talk and eat and I often wonder how they feel. Maybe Ted Cruz can tell us because he recently had that experience when he spoke at an event in New York City as part of his campaign in that state’s primary being held today.
You would think that a gathering of rich Republicans would provide a welcoming and responsive audience for Cruz. He must have thought so too and so the rude way that he was treated when he gave a speech to such a group must have come as a shock to him. Hardly anyone is paying any attention to him. Watch these videos as he struggles to make himself heard over the din and clatter of people eating and drinking, talking to each other and on their phones, and walking around and even walking out of his speech.
Donald Trump and John Kasich had spoken just before him and were received much more attentively. I have to think that the audience was deliberately insulting Cruz because of his contemptuous ‘Now York values’ remark made during one of the early debates.