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Donald Trump’s feud with Ted Cruz over NSFW ad just got even dirtier

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Patrick Howell O'Neill


Posted on Mar 24, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 1:21 am CDT

Donald Trump continued his offensive against Heidi Cruz, the wife of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), with a tweet on Wednesday night comparing the looks of his own wife to Heidi’s.

It’s been two days since an increasingly personal and fierce battle has broken out over the politicians’ wives. The fight has so far had little to do with politics.

Cruz responded quickly.

Earlier this week, Trump accused the Cruz campaign of promoting an advertisement featuring Trump’s wife, Melania, originating in a GQ photo shoot from 2000.

Make America Awesome

The Cruz campaign denied any part in making or promoting the ad, pointing out that it was created by anti-Trump super PAC Make America Awesome, who then promoted it on Facebook and Instagram for Mormon voters in Utah. Cruz won that state’s Republican primary handily on Tuesday.

In response, Trump called Cruz a liar and threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife. Trump never specified what that meant and, so far, his only follow up was Wednesday’s tweet. 

“Most of the things Donald Trump says have no basis in reality,” Heidi Cruz responded at a campaign stop the next day. “We are not worried. We’re focusing on our campaign, and we’re going to continue to do that.” 

Trump has made a national spectacle out of retweets. Right before his latest attack against Heidi Cruz, he retweeted a comment comparing himself to Ronald Reagan in which with the former president and conservative hero’s name is misspelled.

Trump has retweeted white supremacists on multiple occasions.

The next Republican primary votes are set for April 5 in Wisconsin and April 19 in New York. While Trump is expected to waltz to a victory in his home state of New York, Wisconsin is shaping up to be a much closer battle, according to the latest polls.

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*First Published: Mar 24, 2016, 8:51 am CDT