GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz had some very harsh words for Donald Trump, according to ABC News on Thursday. Cruz’s admonishment of Trump, in which he ordered him to leave his wife “the Hell alone,” came after the Trump campaign posted an uncomplimentary picture of Heidi Cruz, (Ted Cruz’s wife), next to Melania Trump, (Donald Trump’s wife). Printed on the poster were the words, “No need to ‘spill the beans.’ The images are worth a thousand words.”
Cruz’s anger escalated and he stated that although he does not get angry often, that Trump is a “sniveling coward.” Cruz then set limits and boundaries and let it be known that “spouses” and “children” are “off bounds.” Cruz then referred to Trump as a bully, emphatically stating: “It is not acceptable for a big loud New York bully to attack my wife.”
Cruz did not stop there, however. He denoted Trump’s long-standing issues with women, especially “strong women.” His issues with Megyn Kelley and Hillary Clinton, for instance, are very well-documented. He has made sexist remarks about women, alleging that the only reason that they have their jobs is that they are attractive. He also has said that women are aesthetically-pleasing objects.
Cruz summed it up this way: “It’s the action of a small and petty man who is intimidated by strong women. Real men don’t do that and Donald is indicating the fear that keeps him up at night when he lashes out in anger.” According to the Trump campaign, however, it was an uncomplimentary and revealing poster displaying Melania Trump that angered them and caused them to retaliate with the attack on Heidi Cruz. That photo was posted by the anti-Trump super-PAC “Make America Awesome,” which has no connection or association with the Cruz campaign.
Although Trump is far ahead of Cruz in the delegate count currently, Cruz appears to be gaining psychological momentum as the campaign ensues. As Trump insults women and alienates large voting blocks as he goes from state to state, he just might lose enough ground to give the edge to Cruz. It is quite conceivable that none of the three remaining GOP candidates will have enough delegates to win the nomination on a first ballot and that the GOP convention will end up being a brokered convention. In that event, the delegates are free to vote for the candidate of their choice and any one of the three candidates can end up being the GOP nominee. The more insults that Trump throws out, the more likely it is that a brokered convention will occur. At this point, it is a game of “wait and see.”