Donald Trump alleges that Ted Cruz bought the rights to the risqué Melania picture which has become the center of a Twitter storm between the two candidates. He didn’t back it up with evidence but once the accusation is out there, evidence doesn’t matter to many.
Donald Trump has previously accused Ted Cruz of being tied to the Super Pac Make America Awesome Again which posted a racy photo of Melania from her modeling days suggesting the country wouldn’t want her as first lady. About half the country, the male half, were probably ready to cast their votes after seeing it.
It’s a photo that has been circulating on Facebook and Twitter long before the ad by the PAC. Trump has no evidence that Cruz was behind it and in fact the person behind it is an establishment operative who is only dedicated to anti-Trump ads. She has denied any involvement by Cruz.
There is one more fact that makes Trump’s claims moot. It’s against federal law for Cruz to communicate with that PAC or any PAC. He would hardly risk his position for a dopey meme.
Today, Trump accused Cruz or his campaign of buying the rights to the photo from GQ and turning it over the PAC.
“But it was a cover story for ‘GQ,’ a big magazine. And it was, you know, fine. And from what I hear, somebody bought the rights to it and he was the one or his campaign bought the rights and they gave it to the super PAC.”
Cruz campaign spokesperson Catherine Frazier said the campaign did not buy the photo rights. “Of course we haven’t and Trump knows it,” she said in an email to The Hill. “But [it’s] part and parcel for the sleazy, dishonest campaign he is running.”
Trump said Cruz knew about the ad, adding he started the latest fight between the two. Last week, Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife in response to the ad featuring Melania Trump. He then shared a tweet featuring a photo of his wife next to a photo of Cruz’s wife, stating, “A picture is worth a thousands words.”
There is a sensational National Enquirer article that accuses Cruz of having five mistresses which also presents no evidence.
Donald Trump is a close personal friend of the publisher of the National Enquirer and he has close ties to the one man quoted in the article, Roger Stone, who is known as a dirty tricks operative. Stone has been writing vicious articles about Cruz at the Daily Caller.