When GOP frontrunner Donald Trump threatened to spill the beans on rival Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi everyone presumed it was a personal attack, they were wrong; it is about the politics and it’s relevant. Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson made the big reveal on Friday, March 25, 2016, in an interview with MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki. The attack reveal comes after Trump and Cruz spent the latter half of the week embroiled in a fight attacking each other’s wives as the Republican presidential campaign descended to a new low.
Pierson explained to Kornacki “Spilling the beans is quite simple when it comes to Heidi Cruz.” Pierson then went on to point out elements from Heidi Cruz’s professional and political past the Cruz campaign like to ignore. Pierson said, “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.”
Pierson also pointed out that in the private sector, “she’s been working for Goldman Sachs, the same global bank that Ted Cruz left off of his financial disclosure.” Trump’s spokeswomen concluded that Cruz’s wife career contradicts his whole political campaign, “Her entire career has been spent working against everything Ted Cruz says that he stands for.”
When Trump first issued the threat on Tuesday, March 22, the entire political and news world including Cruz thought Trump threat was personal. The big reveal turned out to be relevant to the campaign because Trump wanted to show just how hypocritical and a “liar” Cruz is in his opinion. Even if wives are off limits in campaigns, wives with political pasts that indicate something about the candidate’s positions and future policies can be fair game. It the same as Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s former President Bill Clinton’s policies, missteps and scandals are fair game and there is no criticism.
The war on the wives first started earlier this week when an anti-Trump super PAC, Make America Awesome featured an ad on Facebook with a naked GQ photo spread of Trump’s wife Melania from the time she was a model. Trump blamed Cruz, believing he was behind the attack on his wife, although there is no known connection between Cruz and that super PAC. The ad appeared before the Utah caucuses and might have affected Trump’s massive loss in the state as it targeted Mormon voters.
Trump, in turn, gave his threat on Twitter on Tuesday evening before the polls closed. Trump promised, “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!” Speculation abounded about what was deemed a personal threat. Cruz responded later Tuesday evening on Twitter, writing, “Pic of your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you’re more of a coward than I thought. #classless.”
Trump was not going to let it all go and, in turn, posted on Wednesday, his photos on Twitter with both candidates wives side by side. The two photos contrasted the angry look of Heidi, 43 with the glamorous looks of Melania, 45. Trump included the caption under the photo, “no need to ‘spill the beans’ the images are worth a thousand words.” Cruz responded again trying to take the high road writing on Twitter. Cruz retweeted Trump and proceeded to write, “Donald, real men don’t attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life.”
In a campaign stop in Wisconsin, Heidi Cruz spoke out the Trump campaign. She defended her post fundraising and working for her husband’s campaign. Heidi Cruz said, “Well, as you probably know by now, most of the things, many of the things others say are not based in reality.
I have one job on this campaign, and it is to be helping Ted win this race. And it is, I think, the easiest job in the world, and that is to speak the truth: what I know about my husband, our family, myself.” Mrs. Cruz also denied her husband’s campaign had anything to do with the ad of featuring Melania Trump, “In no shape or form are we related to it,”
Trump, however, insists the Cruz campaign started the campaign down this path and is responsible for the ad. Wednesday Trump tweeted, “I didn’t start the fight with Lyin’Ted Cruz over the GQ cover pic of Melania, he did. He knew the PAC was putting it out – hence, Lyin’ Ted!”
Speaking to the press during a campaign stop touring a factory in Dane, Wisconsin Cruz became vicious towards Trump for attacking his wife. Cruz said, “Donald, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Heidi the hell alone.”Cruz continued his response attacking Trump’s bias against powerful and successful women.
Cruz called Trump a “loud, New York bully,” and pointed out, “Donald does seem to have an issue with women. Donald doesn’t like strong women. Real men don’t try to bully women. That’s not an action of strength. That’s an action of weakness. It’s an action of fear. It’s an action of a small and petty man who is intimidated by strong women.”
Cruz promised he would stop Trump from gaining the Republican nomination. Cruz stated, “I’m going to beat Donald for the nomination.” Cruz then repeated three times, “Donald Trump will not be the nominee.”