It has been one low-blow after the other in this battle between Trump and Cruz. Most of them being delivered by Trump. Check out why these affair allegations should have almost been predicted.
On Friday, Ted Cruz denied a National Enquirer story alleging that he had participated in at least five extramarital affairs. (I am not going to link the story here. If you want to find it — trust me, you can.)
“This National Enquirer story is garbage,” Cruz said after an event in Wisconsin. “It is a tabloid smear.” He went on to blame Donald Trump for planting the story in the Enquirer. (Trump and the Enquirer’s CEO are close and longtime friends.) Cruz also posted a response on his Facebook page.
he denial of an affair allegation published in the National Enquirer is, in many ways, the most fitting possible end to this week in the Republican race.
This was a week in which a
pro-Cruzanti-Trump super PAC published a picture of a near-nude Melania Trump in hopes of turning Utah voters off to the real estate mogul in advance of that state’s primary. Trump — Donald, not Melania — responded, of course, via Twitter with an insinuation that Heidi Cruz, Ted’s wife, had a secret that he would let out.
Heidi Cruz was forced to respond, saying she didn’t have a secret. Then Trump retweeted an image featuring a less-than-flattering picture of Heidi Cruz next to a glamorous one of Melania Trump; the image bore this caption: “No need to ‘spill the beans.’ The images are worth a thousand words.”
Just in case you might have forgotten, this is not a race for junior high school class representative. One of these two men has a very high chance of being the Republican nominee for president. A very high chance.
While the reaction Friday morning to the Cruz allegations tended toward surprise and disgust, neither feeling really makes much sense when you consider the context of the broader campaign.