Drama in Republican-land tonight as a Super-PAC supporting Sen. Ted Cruz has launched an attack ad against Donald Trump using an often shared photo of Trump's 3rd (current) wife Melania posed for during her years as a model.
The pic has been seen forever on the internet, but this is the first time (so predictable) it's been used on the campaign trail.
Via the New York Times:
In what could be a last-ditch effort to derail Donald Trump’s march to the Republican presidential nomination, a super PAC has released an ad targeted at voters in Utah that slut-shames the frontrunner’s wife, Melania Trump.
The ad is specifically designed to persuade Mormons in Utah to not vote for Trump in the state’s caucus on what has been dubbed Western Tuesday.
But, in one of its ads, instead of attacking The Donald directly, Make America Awesome, the super PAC founded by Republican strategist Liz Mair, takes a shot at Melania, showing an old photo of her posing naked with the text “Meet Melania Trump. Your Next First Lady” printed across the top of the image.
At the bottom of the photo, in which Melania wears only sparkling jewelry and throws a provocative look at the camera, more text appears that reads, “Or, Your Could Support Ted Cruz On Tuesday.”
There are many, many more like this photo out in the world. The Donald needs to get used to this kind of game-play. It can't be a surprise that this came up.
I don't condone it, but I can say I've been waiting for exactly this kind of this to surface.
Needless to say, the Trumpster attacked on Twitter and Cruz came right back at him.
It does seem lost on the Trump that Super PACs do not coordinate with the campaigns. So Cruz should not to be blamed for the ad.
Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016
Pic of your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you're more of a coward than I thought. #classless https://t.co/0QpKSnjgnE— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2016