Rebel Diaz Rapper Says ‘Right-Wing Bigot’ Ted Cruz ‘Has No Business Being In The Bronx’

By Sameer Rao Apr 06, 2016

Republican presidential contender and Texas Senator Ted Cruz visited the Bronx borough of New York City today (April 6), prompting criticism from local residents and officials—one of whom interrupted a campaign event. 

"Ted Cruz has no business being in the Bronx!" shouted one man, Rodrigo "RodStarz" Venegas,* one half of the hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz. "We live in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country, and to receive this right-wing bigot is an insult to the whole community."

Venegas appears in a video tweeted by CNN’s Betsy Klein: 


He also speaks in a video from Reuters, published by the New York Daily News, speaking in Spanish and calling Cruz a "racist who represents the White supremacy" as he police escorted him out of the event. In the same video, which you can see below, Cruz exits a vehicle to shouts of, "This is an immigrant community!" 

Venegas and his brother and Rebel Diaz partner Gonzalo "G1" Venegas were reporting for teleSur:

Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr.—whose father, New York Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., met with Cruz during his visit—called Cruz a "hypocrite" during a rally in support of Hillary Clinton. "My father is someone who has opened doors to meet with other candidates, and I hope that in his sit-down today with Ted Cruz that he and the ministers tell him how wrong and offensive he is," he added. 

(H/t Raw Story, The Observer)

*Story has been updated since publication to include the names of Rebel Diaz members and their teleSur broadcast.