In an op-ed on Saturday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recounted a conversation with the GOP frontrunner in which he issued a rare admission of wrongdoing, saying, “”Yeah, it was a mistake. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have sent it,” referring to an angry tweet with photos of Heidi Cruz and his wife side by side.
Dowd had just said it cost him her sister’s vote.
He had tweeted an awful photo of Heidi Cruz next to a great photo of Melania Trump with a snarky comment.
Trump being Trump, he joked to Dowd, “It wasn’t nude!”
It started the night before during these primaries of diminished expectations. The GOP frontrunner for president wrote, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a GQ shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”
The photo was of a partially nude Melania posing for a GQ cover photo.
Cruz didn’t have anything to do with it. An RNC Super PAC did. Some Fox hosts accused Cruz of being responsible.
Cruz responded via Twitter moments after Trump’s tweet. “Pic of your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you’re more of a coward than I thought. #classless.”