Monday, March 28, 2016

GOP Reels from #CruzSexScandal

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Just a few days after ultra-conservative and religious-right leader Ted Cruz won all the delegates in the conservative family-centered state of Utah, his campaign is suddenly hit with a huge sex scandal. There are allegations of multiple mistresses, and the insinuation that his long-suffering wife may have tried to commit suicide over his infidelity.

This was the last thing the GOP needed just before Easter weekend of all times. It's a complete disaster.

Twitter has gone wild with the hashtags #CruzSexScandal and #CubanMistressCrises.

It all started after a pro-Cruz Super Pac posted nude pictures of Trump's wife Melania. The Donald jumped onto Twitter and blamed Cruz, also threatening to "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife, Heidi. No one knew exactly what he meant by that.

Cruz denied posting the pictures of Melania and told Trump to back off:

NBC reporter Hallie Jackson listened as Cruz blasted Trump,
then immediately cornered him on whether he would still
back Trump as GOP nominee. He gave no real answer, just
saying that he would beat Trump, and "Trump will not be
the nominee."

About 24 hours later, the Enquirer story appeared on Twitter and all hell broke lose.

Furious Cruz blamed Trump and his "henchmen."

From CNN
"Let me be clear, this National Enquirer story is garbage. It is complete and utter lies. It is a tabloid smear, and it is a smear from Donald Trump and his henchmen," Cruz said Friday, adding that he believes Trump "directed these attacks."

From the Daily Beast:
The National Enquirer alleged on March 23 that the senator has had five extramarital affairs. And the descriptions it provided of the women—along with barely-pixelated headshots of them—left little to D.C. insiders’ imaginations as to who the Enquirer had accused of being Cruz paramours.

“A HOOKER, A TEACHER & COWORKERS: 5 romps that will destroy Ted Cruz!” the Enquirer piece boldly claims, in an article that includes a wild “sex-in-closet” allegation.

. . . The truth behind the rumor-mongering, however, is a little more complex. A half-dozen GOP operatives and media figures tell The Daily Beast that Cruz’s opponents have been pushing charges of adultery for at least six months now—and that allies of former GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio were involved in spreading the smears.

Some were reminded of Dem candidate John Edwards,
outed for having a love child with a photographer.

Trump denied knowing anything about the story and issued a statement, then pointed to a Daily Beast story giving the Rubio campaign the credit for the original leaks about Ted's adultery.

Pictures of the supposed mistresses were shown in the tabloid with their eyes covered, but people soon outed several of them:

Katrina Pierson once worked for Cruz, now is a spokesperson for Trump. It was rumored when she left the Cruz Camp that Cruz's wife Heidi had pushed her out. Now things are doubly awkward as Pierson was chosen to "spill the beans" on national TV.

From Citizens for Trump
“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.”

Former Cruz communications director Amanda Carpenter now works for CNN. She once wrote a strange tweet calling Ted "Daddy Cruz."

She recently compiled a "Blacklist of Trump supporters to show her support for Cruz as the GOP nominee.

It’s time to make a list.
A list of those so-called conservatives and Republicans endorsing Donald Trump, the megalomaniac who regularly threatens his opponents and the press, raves about making members of our military adopt ISIS-like tactics, has funded Obamacare and Gang of Eight Democrats, promises to forcibly relocate American companies to his liking, and has demonstrated again and again he intends to govern as a tyrannical King rather than a President.
Call it a boycott, call it a blackball, call it a blacklist, call it whatever you want. I’m done with these folks and other conservatives should be, too. Anyone who will defend a man condoning random acts of violence at his rallies has lost his morals; he will defend anything at all.
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She also once tweeted (ironically now) about the John Edwards scandal:

Carpenter was on the air when a Trump operative asked her point-blank about the allegations, leading to a shocked reaction:

From Gawker
Amanda Carpenter and pro-Trump newspaper columnist Adriana Cohen were asked to discuss the two candidates’ ridiculous feud over their wives. As soon as Cohen began speaking, talk turned to...something else.
“I think we should move on,” Cohen said when anchor Kate Bolduan asked her about the spousal sniping. “Where we should move to is the National Enquirer story that has reported that Ted Cruz has allegedly had affairs with at least five mistresses, including—you’ve been named, Amanda.”
. . . Carpenter forcefully denied the claim, with understandable dismay at being accused of an affair on live national television. “What’s out there is tabloid trash. If someone wants to comment on it, they can talk to my lawyer. It is categorically false. You should be ashamed for spreading this kind of smut. Donald Trump supporters should be held to account for it,” she said.

A third possible mistress, Sarah Isgur Flores, could spell serious legal trouble for Cruz's campaign. In an unusual twist, the Cruz Super PAC gave a large donation to the Super PAC of rival candidate Carly Fiorina. It is rumored to have been "hush money," paid to cover up the fact that Cruz and Flores were fooling around.

From Heavy
A Ted Cruz-affiliated Super PAC, Keep the Promise I, donated $500,000 to rival Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign in July 2015. The Washington Post noted that the donation was “unusual” at the time, but Twitter and the National Enquirer claim to have a key piece of context: Cruz was having an affair with Fiorina staffer Sarah Isgur Flores.
. . . As goes the theory, when Fiorina found out about the affair, Cruz silenced her with a half-million-dollar donation.


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