Trump escalates 'wife battle' with photo of Heidi Cruz

27 Mars, 2016, 00:05 | Auteur: Phil Beauvilliers

The support from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida governor Jeb Bush followed split decisions in primaries for both Democrats and Republicans Tuesday.

Though Trump continues to outdistance Cruz in the delegates that will decide the GOP nomination, recent polls have shown the billionaire's favorability on the decline, particularly among women.

Now, the campaign shifts to a Midwestern battleground.

The official Republican world now contains people who took a dive and endorsed Trump, the ones who’ve endorsed Cruz and pretended it was a profile in courage, and the ones still sitting on the fence.

"Explain the retweet, explain this coming from Donald Trump", said CNN's Kate Bolduan.

It was not unlike any other lunchtime reception in midtown Manhattan's private clubs - just this one gathered to hear a presidential candidate wage a crusade against their very way of life. And on Thursday, Trump retweeted an unfavorable photo of Heidi Cruz, comparing it to a glamorous photo of his own wife.

"He understands NY politics", said John Cudney, 33, from Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

After a group supporting Cruz created an ad targeting Mormons with a 16-year-old photo of Melania Trump posing nude for GQ magazine, Trump fired back with a threat to "spill the beans" on Heidi Cruz.

Earlier in the campaign, Cruz cracked up voters with a pretty good impersonation of Billy Crystal's Miracle Max from "The Princess Bride" for WMUR-TV's "Candidate Cafe" series.

But would it feature another similar shoot with Melania Trump given the opportunity?

Cruz responded on Twitter by saying that the ad was not from him and if he went after his wife, then Trump is a "coward".

Despite modest signs of strength, the first-term Texas senator needs a near miracle to catch Trump.

It takes 1,237 delegates to win the GOP nomination.

"There is zero chance that we would drop out before Wisconsin".

Things were less contentious on the Democratic side.

She has often defended Trump's thoughts on "Muslim bans" and immigration policies claiming "he only wants to keep the country safe".

Cruz, perhaps taking a page from The Donald's pop culture-friendly persona, channeled the fictional President Andrew Shepherd from the Aaron Sorkin film 'The American President'.

In the film, Michael Douglas, portraying a bachelor president who begins dating, defends his girlfriend, played by Annette Benning, from a political attack, saying: "If you want a character debate, Bob, you better stick with me because Sidney Ellen Wade is way out of your league".

Sure, Cruz does have a mathematical chance of overcoming Trump's delegate lead and clinching the nomination himself before the Cleveland convention in July - but it would essentially require running the table.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, another woman Trump has repeatedly sparred with and attacked, had a one-word response to his latest hit on Heidi Cruz - "seriously?" "The last thing we need are leaders who incite more fear", she said. "Proposing that doesn't make you sound tough", she said, "it makes you sound like you're in over your head".