Threatens to “spill the beans” on HEIDI Cruz
This may now officially be a series, “Can you imagine Trump in control of ….”
Prior posts on topic:
- Trump threatens owners of Chicago Cubs (“So the new plan is to threaten to expose supposed secrets about people who contribute against you? … It’s not funny anymore, if it ever was.”)
- Rule of Jaw: Trump says BOYCOTT APPLE unless they unlock phone for Feds (“What, me worry about him in control of the IRS, FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, EPA, and Park Police?”)
Current entry in the series:
A small SuperPAC founded and run by Liz Mair did a mailer in Utah showing a public photo of Melania Trump from a magazine shoot 15 or so years ago.
I have to say, Melania looked marvelous in the shoot. It’s almost — almost — enough to make some anti-Trumpers reconsider.
But it was a completely sleazy tactic attempting to “slut shame” Melania.
Mair, who was fired from the Walker presidential SuperPAC early on for insulting Iowa voters, is not known as a Cruz fan, though obviously now she prefers anyone to Trump. But there is no indication the Cruz campaign had any involvement.
Trump reacted with two tweets attacking Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi. The first of which was deleted to add some additional language.
Here was the first, deleted tweet.
And in a matter of seconds, Trump deletes his tweet threatening to "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife. Screenshot: pic.twitter.com/T9iT3iV7Gj
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) March 23, 2016
Here was Donald’s second tweet.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016
What’s the difference? Trump added “lyin’ Ted”
Hilarious to realize Trump only deleted original tweet b/c he forgot to include his trademark phrase "Lyin' Ted." https://t.co/tVCIUwYyaL
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) March 23, 2016
Cruz responded on Twitter
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2016
And Heidi responded when asked questions by the press:
— MSNBC Live w/Tamron (@TamronMSNBC) March 23, 2016
I think there’s big difference between going after an opposing candidate, and an opposing candidate’s wife. Cruz never went after Melania, and unless there’s some proof the campaign was connected to Mair’s sleazy ploy, Cruz can’t be blamed.
This also isn’t a situation similar to Bill Clinton, who has been a political figure himself for decades. Also, Heidi was not attacked by Trump for public positions she has taken or statements she has made, but for allegedly having some secret Trump threatens to expose.
Trump’s threat may not technically fit the legal definition of extortion or blackmail, but it certainly was extortionate in nature.
Given Trump’s general demeanor, it says more about Trump than about Ted or Heidi Cruz.
Most important, it demonstrates once again why voters should be worried about Trump’s character and fitness to control the IRS, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.
UPDATE 3-24-2016 — There he goes again.