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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.
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
Cruz denied posting the pictures of Melania and told Trump to back off:
Pic of your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you're more of a coward than I thought. #classless https://t.co/0QpKSnjgnE— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2016
“When Trump's scared, when he’s losing, his first and natural resort is to go to sleaze and to go to slime.” https://t.co/F0eKVhDLvM— Brian Phillips (@RealBPhil) March 25, 2016
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
.@tedcruz calls @realdonaldtrump "sniveling coward" - but won't say he won't back him as GOP nominee. Our exchange: pic.twitter.com/ACZMBvr4aS— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) March 24, 2016
I like how ted completely slays trump and then the women asks "so would you support him as the nominee?" 😂😭😂😭 https://t.co/vYkvFFKnnM— alex hurley (@ablairh13) March 24, 2016
"But would you still support Trump if he was the nominee?"— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) March 25, 2016
About 24 hours later, the Enquirer story appeared on Twitter and all hell broke lose.
Furious Cruz blamed Trump and his "henchmen."
"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."
Ted Cruz blames Donald Trump and his "henchmen" for a tabloid story https://t.co/HlpIFlEriN https://t.co/pp651AMCCK— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 25, 2016
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.
Trump statement on Cruz and Nat Enquirer pic.twitter.com/uCEIIzPmp4— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 25, 2016
Trump on unflattering Heidi Cruz tweet: "It was a retweet. Now, look, what [Cruz] did was far worse." pic.twitter.com/plQOuFj2Lr— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) March 27, 2016
Donald Trump on his spat with Ted Cruz over salacious National Enquirer story: "He started it. I didn't start it." https://t.co/hp5DwjvDQX— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 27, 2016
See Lyin' Ted, even the @DailyBeast (no fan of mine) says this story came from Rubio, not Trump! pic.twitter.com/Okc8XajVnz— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2016
Rubio allies were peddling Ted Cruz 'affair' rumors for months: https://t.co/vcHKKuA4rq pic.twitter.com/Rw7YbAOWh8— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 28, 2016
Pictures of the supposed mistresses were shown in the tabloid with their eyes covered, but people soon outed several of them:
@benshapiro Looks like Your Boy @tedcruz might have a bit of a problem. https://t.co/JfISIArfXI#CruzSexScandal pic.twitter.com/1V947rgC5d— Rob Zicari (@RobZicariShow) March 25, 2016
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.”
This is true. Katrina Pierson was forced from Cruz campaign by Heidi Cruz. @realDonaldTrump needs to protect himself https://t.co/iVRLAJO8rA— TX Conservative (@TXConservat) March 13, 2016
Former Cruz communications director Amanda Carpenter now works for CNN. She once wrote a strange tweet calling Ted "Daddy Cruz."
Daddy Cruz is coming to get you Washington Post.— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) December 22, 2015
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.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/03/blackballing-those-who-endorse-trump#sthash.KZ22KxLT.dpuf
Isn't it ironic,she created a list & now she's on her very own list.. with other mistresses.. @amandacarpenter. #CruzSexScandal #FornicaTED— Alisha (@GolightlyGrl427) March 25, 2016
She also once tweeted (ironically now) about the John Edwards scandal:
What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Wouldn't you agree @amandacarpenter? #CruzSexScandal pic.twitter.com/kAdy9qWXUx— Jim Spivey (@jamesspivey) March 26, 2016
Carpenter was on the air when a Trump operative asked her point-blank about the allegations, leading to a shocked reaction:
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.
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.
$500K mistress suspect, Sarah Isgur Flores, has gone silent on Twitter ever since the story broke. https://t.co/lOuLlUmJYA— Charles Martel (@Jrgreen737) March 27, 2016
Ted Cruz donated 500K to Carly Fiorina - his competitor. Who managed Fiorina? Sarah Isgur Flores, a suspected Cruz mistrss! #CruzSexScandal— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) March 25, 2016
I can't wait for the "I have sinned against you, my Lord" speech from Ted #CruzSexScandal pic.twitter.com/ydlIkZFA5P— truthbyDW (@truthbyDW) March 25, 2016
Never forget that the National Enquirer has been right about some very big stories before https://t.co/tMT8JVMC0S— Gawker (@Gawker) March 25, 2016
Trump 1) wants to make it easier to sue authors who write critically about him 2) gleefully spreads National Enquirer trash about his rival— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) March 25, 2016
@GolightlyGrl427 @amandacarpenter Cruz had multiple affairs with women,while his wife Heidi was battling depression. What a sleazebag— child of God (@warznemeisis) March 25, 2016
@Karoli I'm skeptical that anyone would be willing to have sex w/ Ted Cruz, let alone multiple women. Still: pic.twitter.com/VG7j5dgYhk— Sybill Trelawney (@SybilT2) March 25, 2016
The zodiac killer is also apparently a lady killer in a different sort of way. #cruzsexscandal #cubanmistresscrisis— Anna Garner (@agarner810) March 25, 2016
Two-thirds of the way through the GOP campaign, the score is...— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) March 26, 2016
Trump: 3 wives
Cruz: 5 mistresses #CruzSexScandal
Ted Cruz is trying to lock up the female vote by sleepin' with all of 'em.— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) March 27, 2016
Opened up the Twitter machine this morning and saw this...#CruzSexScandal pic.twitter.com/ivVykZsZhG— Cornelia (@PaladinCornelia) March 25, 2016
If #CruzSexScandal if real, I have one question: why?— Lora Fisher (@LoraCreates) March 25, 2016
and one comment: eww! pic.twitter.com/oCMHfdGhE1