At a Wisconsin news conference on Saturday, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz emphatically denied a National Enquirer article alleging that he had affairs with multiple women, according to ABC News. Cruz squarely blamed fellow GOP presidential rival and real estate mogul Donald Trump and his “henchmen” for originating the article, and he nicknamed Trump “Sleazy Donald.”
Cruz described the scandalous article in the tabloid magazine as “garbage,” stating: “It is complete and utter lies. It is a tabloid smear and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen.” Cruz was very strategic in the way in which he assigned Trump his new nickname: “You know, Donald is fond of giving people nicknames.With this pattern he should not be surprised to see people calling him ‘Sleazy Donald.”
In the press conference, Cruz acknowledged that Roger Stone, Trump’s former political adviser who was fired in August of 2015, had suggested that Cruz could conceivably have problems winning over the Christian evangelical vote in the 2016 presidential campaign. When asked about that quote in a telephone interview with ABC News, Stone confirmed that the quote was accurate. However, Stone said that when he made that statement originally, he only was responding to what he had been told and was not the originator of the rumors about Cruz.
Heidi Cruz, Ted Cruz’s wife, introduced Cruz at an Oshkosh, Wis. rally, but then exited the scene. Heidi was not there when Cruz talked with reporters during the press conference. Cruz continued his rant on Trump: “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.”
In the meantime, Trump denied having anything to do with the National Enquirer article: “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 then accused Cruz of playing innocent after surrounding himself with unscrupulous characters: “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.”
It appears to this observer that the only ones in this political turmoil who are “totally innocent” are the women and children in both mens’ lives. If for no other reason but for them, both candidates should call a truce and lead a good, honest, forthright campaign. They owe that much to their wives and children, and, for that matter, the women and children of America as well.