Just as polls out west were closing Tuesday night, GOP front-runner Donald Trump tweeted an odd message directed at Republican rival Senator Ted Cruz, and seemingly at his wife, Heidi Cruz.
Trump originally wrote: “Wow @SenTedCruz, that is some low level ad you did using a picture Melania in a G.Q. shoot.Be careful or I will spill the beans on your wife.” He quickly deleted that message, but then reposted it a few minutes later, slightly changing the language but keeping the sentiment intact:
Cruz quickly fired back with his own response from his Twitter account:
The ad the billionaire mogul referred wasn’t run by the Cruz campaign, but was instead created by the anti-Trump group Make America Awesome, which was targeting the Mormon vote in Utah. The photos of Melania Trump referenced in the ad are from a shoot that Mrs. Trump, a model, did for GQ magazine more 15 years ago, before she was married to Donald.
Later in the evening, Liz Mair, a political strategist who founded the group behind the anti-Trump ads, chimed in on Twitter to clarify that they were made and distributed by her group, not Cruz, and then continued to prod the front-runner throughout the evening.