Melania Trump vs. Heidi Cruz: How Slut-Shaming Has Become Political

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Tucson Ariz. Trump is planning Tuesday to make his first campaign visit to Wisconsin where the upcoming Republican presidential pri

Melania Trump vs. Heidi Cruz: How Slut-Shaming Has Become Political

Donald Trump's latest rude comments about Ted Cruz's wife are raising new alarms among Republicans about the party front-runner's ability to win over women, especially in a potential fall presidential match-up with Hillary Clinton.

And the local GOP is already working on a secret plan to keep its voters motivated even if Trump, whom GOP activists decisively rejected at Tuesday's caucuses, is the presidential nominee in November.

"I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin' Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence", Trump said.

"In the last few days, Donald Trump has taken to attacking Heidi", Cruz told the group, sparking boos that echoed through the warehouse.

"He makes all kinds of derogatory statements against women, and I just don't like to hear that", said Ilse Lucas, 70, a retired teacher's aide who doesn't consider herself a Democrat or Republican.

"I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week's issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it", the statement said. In response to attack ad designed by the supporters of Ted Cruz, wherein Melania Trump's nude GQ photoshoot was used, Trump put Cruz's wife Heidi's picture side-by-side with Melania's as if to compare which is the better-looking prospective first lady.

Trump and Cruz are in an intense competition to win enough delegates to claim the GOP nomination.

Cruz, meanwhile, worked to send a distinctly different signal Friday on a campaign trip ahead of Wisconsin's April 5 primary.

The National Enquirer, a tabloid known for its gossip and unflattering celebrity photos, published blurred images of five women with whom it said Cruz has had affairs.

As Hillary Clinton turns her attention to a general election campaign, Trump's nasty skirmish with Cruz, including his warning to "spill the beans" about his wife, without offering specifics, and his re-posting of a message that mocked her looks, have played into a crucial Democratic strategy to defeat Trump in November: to portray him as an unabashed sexist. Carpenter responded heatedly, "What's out there is tabloid trash". "I want to talk about the 10 big dangers to America of another Clinton presidency".

The other woman who Twitter followers identified was Katrina Pierson, a national spokeswoman for Trump.

"Let me be clear, this National Enquirer story is garbage".

The party in the U.S.A. is over!

"It's absolute insanity that this has gone on this long and far!" she added.

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