According to Ted Cruz, the sex scandal story that has been trending on social media today is absolute garbage. Cruz addressed the press in a hastily arranged conference, during which he slammed Donald Trump for allegedly planting the story in an effort to discredit the Cruz campaign and smear Cruz’s family. The story broke this morning, initially released by the National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid that was the first to report on two other high-profile sex scandals. But Ted Cruz stands firm, calling the story “complete and utter lies.”
“It is a tabloid smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen,” said Ted Cruz during his brief press conference today.
The story was picked up by social media with the hashtag #TedCruzSexScandal, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. The Ted Cruz sex scandal story has picked up major traction online, but the details remain sparse and difficult to confirm, the Independent reported this morning.
Ted Cruz vehemently denies the story, going as far as to suggest that the story was planted by Donald Trump, who is good friends with the editor of the National Enquirer — a paper that has reportedly endorsed Donald Trump.
Some of the women with whom Ted Cruz is alleged to have had affairs came out this morning to deny the allegations while Donald Trump surrogates speaking with CNN pushed the Ted Cruz sex scandal narrative. This morning on CNN, a Trump supporter and a Cruz supporter were speaking with CNN’s Kate Bolduan for an unrelated story, and Trump surrogate Adriana Cohen derailed the conversation by bringing up the Cruz sex scandal.
Just madness. On CNN, Trump surrogate accuses ex-Cruz aide of having affair with Cruz, citing the National Enquirer: https://t.co/1inVS2JVV1— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 25, 2016
Ted Cruz supporter Amanda Carpenter, a co-panelist on the CNN show, was taken aback, and CNN host Kate Bolduan tried to reel the conversation back to the topic they had previously been discussing.
“Where we should move [this conversation] is the National Enquirer story that has reported that Ted Cruz has had affairs with five mistresses, including [Amanda Carpenter],” said Adriana Cohen this morning on CNN.
Bolduan addressed the Cruz sex scandal story for the first time on CNN, reiterating that the story was unsubstantiated and that she and CNN had not been able to vet any of the claims made by the tabloid.
“Let me be very clear, it will come as no surprise to our viewers that CNN has no reporting on what you’re talking about,” Bolduan said when Cohen brought up the Cruz sex scandal story.
Cohen continued, though, pressing Carpenter, who the National Enquirer alleges was one of Ted Cruz’s five mistresses, claims that have yet to be confirmed or substantiated by sources other than the Enquirer.
“Denounce this story, or confirm it,” Cohen demanded.
Ted Cruz and his supporters have continued to deny the story, which has not yet been substantiated by outside sources and remains in the realm of speculation. However, Amanda Carpenter, who is named in the article and who has worked for the Cruz campaign in the past, has also come out to deny the story.
“It’s categorically false, what’s out there is tabloid trash. You should be ashamed for spreading this kind of smut. Trump supporters should be held to account for it,” Carpenter said to Adriana Cohen, a Trump supporter, today on CNN.
The relationship that Trump has maintained with the Enquirer’s editorial staff has come under fire and has been questioned by the Cruz campaign. Editor David Pecker of the National Enquirer has endorsed Donald Trump in the past, but the paper has not commented that relationship as it pertains to the Ted Cruz sex scandal story.
“The question that people are asking is how low will Donald Trump go,” Ted Cruz said this morning, visibly disgusted.
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