Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz called a tabloid story of alleged extramarital affairs “utter lies” and blamed Donald Trump “henchmen” for pushing the story. The New York based National Enquirer, came out last night with a story that alleged Cruz had five affairs. Two of the women mentioned in the reported affairs have publicly denied the claims.
After a rally in Wisconsin, Cruz himself brought up the Enquirer’s story that accused the senator of having had five mistresses – a subject some of the reporters covering him had chosen not to even ask about.
“It became clear as the campaign went on that Donald was a whole lot of sizzle without any substance,” said Cruz. “When he’s scared, when he’s losing, his first and natural resort is to go to sleaze and to go to slime.”
“It is complete and utter lies. It is a tabloid smear. And it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen,” said Cruz, adding that “years from now, when my daughters Google this, they will read these lies.”
Response to the cover story in this week’s National Enquirer about Lyin’ Ted Cruz: https://t.co/FRFN9JC1QJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2016
Meanwhile, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told NBC News, “We had nothing to do with it.”
The attack on Cruz did not stop with the National Enquirer, this morning Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson rattled off a list of attacks three days after Trump first made the threat he would “spill the beans,” on Heidi Cruz.
“Spilling the beans is quite simple when it comes to Heidi Cruz,” Pierson said in an interview with MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki.
“She is a Bush operative; she worked for the architect of NAFTA, which has killed millions of jobs in this country; she was a member on the Council on Foreign Relations who — in Sen. Cruz’s own words, called a nest of snakes that seeks to undermine national sovereignty; and she’s been working for Goldman Sachs, the same global bank that Ted Cruz left off of his financial disclosure,” Pierson said. “Her entire career has been spent working against everything Ted Cruz says that he stands for,” she added.
Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart responded to the remarks in a statement to The Hill, saying, “There’s no low the Trump campaign won’t go.”
As the April 5th Wisconsin primary is nearing, the “100 days of stopping Trump,” is started and at least for now it is Cruz that is off balance and off message. A win in Wisconsin is a must for Cruz if he hopes to win the GOP nomination without going to a contested convention.