Posted: 10:55 pm Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Even before the votes were in on Tuesday night from Arizona and Utah, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were embroiled in a Twitter war that centered on their wives, as Trump threatened to “spill the beans” about Cruz’s wife, while Cruz labeled Trump a “coward.”
The dispute erupted over an online ad that was taken out by a Super PAC that supports Cruz, an ad that uses a photo of Trump’s wife – from a past photo shoot, where she isn’t wearing very much.
That internet ad evidently aggravated Trump, who went to Twitter and made what was basically a threat involving Cruz’s wife, Heidi.
Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016
The leader of the group “Make America Awesome” that ran the internet ad, sarcastically thanked Trump for giving it so much attention – and then accused the Trump campaign of pushing negative attacks on Heidi Cruz for some time.
Donald Trump is so desperate to beat Cruz that his team has been pushing around rumors she's a criminal w a mental illness for weeks now.
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) March 23, 2016
As for the Texas Senator, knowing that the internet ad had come from an outside group – and not his campaign – Cruz went after Trump directly.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2016
The back-and-forth over candidate wives was yet another strange twist in the GOP race, which will head into Easter with Trump in the lead, but still facing questions over whether he can close the deal on the Republican nomination.
Yes, Brian, this is unlike any race for President that I have ever covered.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.