John Kasich said his family is off limits – as should be the families of his fellow GOP hopefuls. After last week’s social media flap between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz – in which both men dumped on one another and got the ladies involved – the Ohio governor is trying to find some high ground, telling Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday that enough is enough.
Reports the Columbus Dispatch on March 28: “As New York billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz lash out at each other in a vitriolic battle that refers to their wives, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said ‘families have to be off-limits’ in political campaigns.”
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump dredged their wives into the muck of the 2016 elections, with Trump lashing out on Twitter last week, threatening to “spill the beans” on Ted’s wife Heidi Cruz. Ted Cruz tweeted back that Trump is a “coward” and “classless” for issuing a veiled threat against Heidi.
The flap started when a Facebook ad was released that showed Trump’s wife, the 45-year-old Slovene-American Melania Trump, posing nearly nude. The photo was captioned with: “Meet Melania Trump, your next First Lady. Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.”
The ad, seen here, used a photo of Melania from a GQ shoot back from 2000. The advertisement was produced by an anti-Trump PAC called Make America Awesome, which has no known connections with the Cruz campaign.
Still, a thin-skinned Trump, who feels the need to retaliate and launch social media spasms whenever anyone says something negative about him, tweeted back at Cruz after the ad was released: “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!”
After the classless shot from Cruz, Trump continued, this time scouring the Internet for an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz, and tweeting it out, captioning it with: “No need to ‘spill the beans’ the images are worth a thousand words.”
Cruz, in an attempt to end the puerile ping pong of insults, tweeted: “Donald, real men don’t attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life.”
On Sunday, Kasich commented on the wifey nonsense:
“You cannot get these attacks on families,” Kasich said. “And if this becomes the order of the day, what kind of people are we going to have in the future that are going to run for public office? There’s got to be some rules, and there’s got to be something that gets set there, some decency. And frankly, Chuck… what we need to do is we need to have programs to lift people, and not diminish people.”
What could all this negative wife-talk lead to?
Adds the Dispatch: “Republicans fear that attacks against the candidates’ wives will only serve to drive more women to support the likely Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Polls indicate that nearly three quarters of white women have a negative view of Trump.”