Ted Cruz responded to allegations about a sex scandal with five different women, first reported by the National Enquirer, a tabloid which has endorsed Donald Trump. The allegations picked up steam late Thursday evening, and Cruz posted his response on Facebook on Friday afternoon. Trump denied any connection to it.
Cruz called the attacks “garbage,” and declared that Trump enlisting “his friends at the National Enquirer and his political henchmen to do his bidding shows you there is no low Donald won’t go.” Here is his post:
I want to be crystal clear: these attacks are garbage. For Donald J. Trump to enlist his friends at the National…
Posted by Ted Cruz on Friday, March 25, 2016
Cruz flatly declared that “these smears are completely false, they’re offensive to Heidi and me, they’re offensive to our daughters, and they’re offensive to everyone Donald continues to personally attack.”
The Texas senator then repeated a common refrain among the #NeverTrump crowd, that The Donald’s “consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath the office we are seeking and we are not going to follow.”
This response follows that of Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, whose photo was included in the National Enquirer story. Pierson, no fan of Cruz, denied the allegations on Twitter, calling the story “100& FALSE!!!”
Of course the National Enquirer story is 100% FALSE!!! I only speak to myself, however.
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) March 25, 2016
Amanda Carpenter was also rumored to have slept with Cruz. This CNN contributor and former Cruz communications director called the allegations “smut” and said they were “categorically false.” She retweeted CNN commentator Mary Katharine Ham, who declared her support for Carpenter and “all the other women Trump & supporters casually smear.”
I am so with you, @amandacarpenter & all the other women Trump & supporters casually smear: pic.twitter.com/fcyaDZ50pY — Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 25, 2016
In his own Facebook statement on Friday, Trump denied any connection to the story, saying, “I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did now know about it, and have not, as yet, read it.” The Donald continued by declaring that “unlike Lyin’ Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchmen and then pretend total innocence.”
Trump added, “While they were right about O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz.” He concluded by declaring, “I look forward to spending the week in Wisconsin, winning the Republican nomination and ultimately the Presidency in order to Make America Great Again.”
Next Page: A brief history of the battle of the wives: Is Trump a sore loser in Utah?
This is but the latest incarnation of a social media war that traces back to an anti-Trump super PAC that is not linked with Cruz, Keep America Awesome. The PAC released an ad featuring a nude picture of Melania Trump (The Donald’s wife) with the caption, “Meet Melania Trump. Your next first lady. Or you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.” The ad was directed at Republican primary voters in Utah, who overwhelmingly backed Cruz by 69.2 percent of the vote.
Trump responded on Twitter by threatening to “spill the beans on [Cruz’s] wife,” Heidi. Cruz shot back, saying that the picture was not from him (which is true) and adding, “if you try to attack Heidi, you’re more of a coward than I thought.”
On Wednesday, Trump proceeded to retweet a picture of Heidi, comparing her unflatteringly with a glamorous shot of Melania. The caption read, “The images are worth a thousand words.” Cruz civilly responded, “Donald, real men don’t attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life.”
On Thursday, however, Cruz began to strike back hard against Trump, calling him a “sniveling coward.” The Texas senator declared, “It’s not easy to tick me off. I don’t get angry often. But you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids, that’ll do it every time.” Then he told The Donald, in no uncertain terms, to “leave Heidi the hell alone.”
“Our spouses and our children are off bounds,” Cruz said. “It is not acceptable for a big loud New York bully to attack my wife.”
Here is PJ Media’s analysis of why Cruz is the only candidate who, as president, would not continue our national mediocrity. Long-term polls and current analysis show that Donald Trump has a dangerous gender gap, with more than half of women having a “very unfavorable” view of him. I wonder why.
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