The war between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over their wives is getting even nastier.
Trump retweeted an unflattering image of Heidi Cruz beside a photo of Melania, writing: “No need to spill the beans. The images are worth a thousand words.”
Cruz quickly responded:
Donald, real men don't attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life. https://t.co/pprXhIMzUT— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 24, 2016
The war of the wives erupted when a Cruz Super PAC that supports Cruz circulated a nude photo of Melania in GQ in 2000, with the caption: “Meet Melania Trump. Your Next First Lady.” The ad was aimed at conservative Mormons in Utah.
Trump threatened to "spill the beans" on Cruz’s wife, Heidi, in what was an apparent reference to her bout with depression ten years ago.
Cruz rushed to her defense, saying on Wednesday: “If Donald wants to get in a character fight he's better off sticking with me because Heidi is way out of his league.”
It turns out that line is almost word for word from the 1995 movie The American President, starring Michael Douglas.
In the film, Douglas, who plays the president said: “You want a character debate, Bob? You better stick with me because Sydney Ellen way is way out of your league!”
Trump mocked Cruz on Twitter:
Lyin’ Ted Cruz steals foreign policy from me, and lines from Michael Douglas— just another dishonest politician.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016
Heidi, 43, is a Harvard MBA, a former Goldman Sachs executive and a former economic policy advisor to the Bush administration. She comes from a family of missionaries.
Melania, 45, speaks five languages and is a former supermodel who grew up in Slovenia.