Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump both faced opposition from New Yorkers Wednesday. Ted Cruz had planned to visit Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy, but his trip was canceled after the students threatened a walkout. In a letter written to the school principal, students wrote, “[Ted Cruz’s] views are against ours and are actively working to harm us, our community, and the people we love. … He is misogynistic, homophobic, and racist.” Instead of visiting the school, Ted Cruz met with voters in the Bronx, where he faced heckling by residents who yelled at Cruz, “This is an immigrant community!” Meanwhile, more than 200 protesters gathered at Donald Trump’s rally in Bethpage, Long Island, carrying signs reading “Dump Trump” and “Stand Against Racism.” Sixteen-year-old protester Yusra Ahmed spoke out.
Yusra Ahmed: “Basically, I came here out as a Muslim, because I know he like plans to ban all Muslims, which doesn’t really make sense to me, because he, you know, associates all of us as like that one small group of extremists that actually go against our religion. Our religion is meant to spread peace and even means like 'peacemaker.' So it doesn’t really make sense when he says all of us are trying to cause trouble.”