Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday went on a tear against Republican presidential rival Donald Trump for his ongoing attacks against his wife, saying Trump has “an issue with women.”
“Donald, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Heidi the hell alone” Cruz said, wagging his finger at press cameras during a stop in Wisconsin.
“Real men don’t try to bully women,” Cruz continued. “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.”
The Texas senator suggested that Trump had started attacking Heidi Cruz because he was upset that he had lost several recent primaries, including one in Utah where Cruz secured almost 70 percent of the vote.
“Donald didn’t like that so you’re right, he began lashing out at my wife, attacking Heidi directly,” Cruz said. “Let me be absolutely clear, our spouses and our children are off bounds. It is not acceptable for a big loud New York bully to attack my wife. It is not acceptable for him to make insults, to send nasty tweets late at night. I don’t know what he does late at night but he tends to do these about 11:30 at night. I assume when his fear is at the highest point.”
The battle of the wives began on Tuesday, when Trump accused Cruz of using a semi-nude photo of his wife, Melania, in an attack ad and threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Cruz replied that the ad, which uses a photo from a GQ Magazine photo shoot, was made by a super PAC unaffiliated with his campaign. Cruz called Trump “classless” for attacking his wife.
Rather than back down, the billionaire businessman retweeted a meme from a supporter showing an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz next to a more flattering one of Melania Trump.
Cruz said Trump’s persistent attacks against Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly served as further evidence that he was intimidated by “strong women.”
“Donald is scared to debate,” Cruz said. “He ran away from the last debate that was scheduled. Because he was scared of Megyn Kelly. And because he was scared to defend his policies.”
Kelly herself weighed in on the meme disparaging Heidi Cruz’s appearance Thursday morning with a one word response: “Seriously?”