When this wife feud between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz began on March 23rd, most of us probably thought that it would blow over within a day. As long as nobody escalated it… Well, since we’re talking about Trump and Cruz, here, that was about as possible as a Kasich candidacy (sorry, John, but we know it). It did escalate.
Remember how Trump Tweeted that he’d “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz if Ted didn’t… I’m not sure if Trump wanted an apology or a cease-fire at Melania, are you? Anyway, Trump Tweeted that about the beans and Cruz (of course) took the bait. He replied in a CNN interview — with a line from The American President — that Trump ought not to pick a “character fight” with Heidi because she is “way out of your league.” Like most husbands, Cruz apparently recognizes that his wife is not to be trifled with.
Some of us wondered, though, exactly what sort of “beans” would Trump spill about Heidi Cruz? That she works for Goldman-Sachs? We know that. That she worked for Bush? We know that. That she was on the Council on Foreign Relations? Yeah, we knew that, too. We even knew that she had a bout of depression, which is nothing to be ashamed of so lay off that.
Turns out that, yeah, them’s exactly the “beans” Trump — or his surrogate — decided to “spill.” Katrina Pierson, Trump spokeswoman and bean tosser, told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki on Friday:
Spilling the beans is quite simple when it comes to Heidi Cruz. She is a Bush operative; she worked for the architect of NAFTA, which has killed millions of jobs in this country; she was a member on the Council on Foreign Relations who — in Sen. Cruz’s own words, called a nest of snakes that seeks to undermine national sovereignty; and she’s been working for Goldman Sachs, the same global bank that Ted Cruz left off of his financial disclosure. Her entire career has been spent working against everything Ted Cruz says that he stands for.
We know! At least, those of us who pay attention know. Besides the fact that we already knew all of this, the way Pierson came out with the “beans” was slimy and nasty. In the wake of the feud between Cruz and Trump, having a surrogate try to make factual — and not at all surprising — information into some kind of scandal is just skeezy.
Listen, to say that I dislike Cruz is such an understatement. If I had to choose between kissing him and kissing a tarantula… come here, Spidey (and, dear lord, do I hate spiders!). But this wife-attacking is just obnoxious. It’s not the way actual presidential campaigns are run. Well, it shouldn’t be, anyway.
Here’s a metric: if you are doing something so brazen that it makes Megyn Kelly Tweet, “Seriously?” then you are doing something beyond rotten. We realize that this election season is breaking down barriers right and left but this is one we don’t need to bring down. Leave the wives alone except as their husband’s surrogates on campaign issues. Think y’all can handle that?
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