In This Donald Trump–Ted Cruz Twitter Feud, We Only Feel Bad for Their Wives

ted cruz, donald trumpApparently it's not enough anymore for Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to merely drag each other back and forth through the mud, because now the politicians are going after each other's wives. The oh-so-classy battle started when a group of Cruz supporters created an snarky ad featuring a photo of Melania Trump from a nearly nude photo shoot for British GQ from 2000, and it most definitely went downhill from there.


To be clear, Ted Cruz himself had nothing to do with the ad; it's the work of a Utah-based anti-Trump super PAC "Make America Awesome" and was apparently an attempt to turn Mormon voters away from Trump by suggesting his wife was somehow immoral for posing in the buff (the ad reads: "Meet Melania Trump, your next first lady ... or you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday"). Trump responded to the ad exactly how you would have expected him to -- by tweeting the following threatening message:

Wow Sen. Ted Cruz, that is some low-level ad you did using a picture of Melania in a G.Q. shoot. Be careful or I will spill the beans on your wife.

Um, what? Never mind that tweet, though, because Trump deleted it immediately, replacing it with this message:

Okay, that was almost exactly the same as the first one, apart from the fact that Trump decided that he really wanted to make "Lyin' Ted" a thing. But whoa, what is he talking about? What beans? Some are speculating that Trump might be referring to Heidi Cruz's battle with depression, which has been reported on previously. Which, if that's the case, is both an incredibly low blow -- even for Trump -- and a threat that really doesn't make any sense.

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After all, Heidi Cruz's history of depression is no secret, so, haven't those "beans" already been spilled? And even if they hadn't, to treat your opponent's wife's mental health like it's some sort of shameful scandal is just inexcusable. Not that we would ever expect anything less than utter insensitivity from Trump on the topic of mental illness, but still. Cruz, of course, lashed right back out at Trump in response to the attack on his wife:

Fair enough. But if Cruz really wanted to be the bigger person, shouldn't he have apologized on behalf of his supporters? Fine, he had nothing to do with the ad. But the ad had to do with him, and I think it would have gone a long way in making Cruz look like an actual human being if he had actually expressed the slightest regret over the incident.

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Unfortunately, since basic human decency is not a theme of this particular election, Cruz and Trump are instead content to do whatever it takes to make each other look bad. And while some might say that's par for the course in politics, it's still not acceptable for their wives to be intentionally shoved into the crossfire. If Cruz and Trump are so intent on acting like politics is one big boys' club, then why don't they just leave the ladies out of it altogether? Especially when they didn't even do anything wrong.

Except, you know, be women. Which will not be a great thing to be if Trump or Cruz wins.


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