JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE COULDN’T GET ANY CRAZIER …
We knew the “bromance” ended months ago … but now the top two “Republican” candidates for president are officially at each other’s throats over allegations of a distinctly personal nature.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas – whose candidacy has been rocked by multiple affair allegations – is lashing out in response against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, accusing him of orchestrating the story that broke this week in the National Enquirer.
“I want to be crystal clear: these attacks are garbage,” Cruz wrote on his Facebook page. “For Donald J. Trump to enlist his friends at the National Enquirer and his political henchmen to do his bidding shows you that there is no low (to which) Donald won’t go. These smears are completely false, they’re offensive to Heidi and me, they’re offensive to our daughters, and they’re offensive to everyone Donald continues to personally attack. Donald Trump’s consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath the office we are seeking and we are not going to follow.”
Trump denied Cruz’s claim about leaking the affair allegations – one of which involved Katrina Pierson, a former Cruz staffer who is now Trump’s national spokeswoman.
“I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it,” Trump said. “Likewise, I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin’ Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence. Ted Cruz’s problem with the National Enquirer is his and his alone, and while they were right about O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz. I look forward to spending the week in Wisconsin, winning the Republican nomination and ultimately the Presidency in order to Make America Great Again.”
Political observers aren’t buying the pre-packaged narrative that Trump is behind the attacks.
“It’s pretty clear Rubio’s off-the books stooges were trying to circulate the Cruz sex scandal rumors weeks ago,” one Washington, D.C. operative told us. “Someone put them up to it and it clearly wasn’t Trump. This thing breaks into the open with the National Enquirer. Makes it look like Trump’s spokeswomen is one of the mistresses. Trump’s spokeswoman denies fairly strenuously. Cruz goes completely wild and spends the entire day screaming about this and blaming Trump. Trump knows the editor of the National Enquirer, Trump is evil, etc. And he does all this knowing that Trump’s freaking spokeswoman is backing his story up.”
At the time, Rubio was seeking to become the “Republican” alternative to Trump – an effort that fell flat due to his campaign’s nauseating proximity to the GOP establishment.
In fact this operative believes Cruz’s response to the scandal raises more questions than it answers …
“From a purely a political perspective, why give this story any more oxygen?” the operative asked. “Cruz truly believes that maximizing coverage and trying to pin the blame for this alleged sex scandal on Trump helps him? The brilliant 3-D chess master lawyer extraordinaire believes that yelling about a sex scandal in front of the world (and his kids!) and thus convincing people to learn more about it will help him demonize Trump when even Trump’s person denies there is a sex scandal? I don’t buy it. He’s sounds like a guy who is freaking out. Either that or he knows another shoe is going to drop and he’s trying to do a Clinton and blame this mess on the machinations of his opponent.”
Speaking of other shoes dropping, last week the hacker collective Anonymous sent this ominous warning to the Cruz campaign …
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The warning included this brutal excerpt …
Have you heard of the expression “candy wrappers”? Do you recall visiting prostitutes? Mr. Cruz, we are now demanding you exit this race immediately or Anonymous will release all of the information that we have found. Your so-called underground acts that you think were done in the dark, will be brought out for all the public to see. It will be sent to every media outlet to publicize your disgusting behavior. We assure you it will go viral on every social media platforms in a matter of minutes.
So where will this story go from here? Who knows … but one thing is “crystal” clear: An election that was already setting new standards for sheer uproariousness has just upped the ante.