Miffed that an anti-Trump super PAC targeted his wife by using a racy photo of her, Trump has gone after Ted Cruz’s wife, upending the conventional rules of what’s acceptable in presidential politics.
He posted on Twitter Tuesday that he would “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz, a former Goldman Sachs executive.
And he re-tweeted an unflattering photo late Wednesday of Heidi Cruz next to his wife that was captioned “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
An angry and emotional Ted Cruz
ripped into Trump Thursday for the attacks and repeatedly declined to say whether he would support Trump if he’s the Republican presidential nominee.
“Donald, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Heidi the hell alone,” he told reporters in Wisconsin, calling on Republicans to unite around his candidacy and defeat Trump.
He added that “strong women scare Donald.”
Why I’m voting for Donald Trump
Trump’s tweets about Heidi Cruz are the latest — and perhaps most provocative — salvo in a string of messy dust-ups between Trump and prominent women that could complicate the GOP’s general election chances. With Hillary Clinton as the likely Democratic nominee, Trump’s history of insults aimed at women could be even more problematic, injecting gender into the race in unpredictable ways.
“He has a 30-year pattern of this kind of sexism against women and lashing out against women when he doesn’t get his way,” GOP strategist Tara Setmayer said in an interview Wednesday with Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight.” “So, you’re going to have a tough time defending this if, God forbid, he’s our nominee in the general (election). Do you think Hillary Clinton is going to let this kind of stuff go? This is mild in comparison to what’s going to happen to him in the general.”
The Trump campaign did not respond to an email seeking comment on his tweets about Heidi Cruz.
Critics could have plenty of material if they aim to portray Trump as the newest leader in the so-called “war on women.”
Trump famously fought with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, an entanglement that her network has called a “sick obsession.”