Ted Cruz Accuses Donald Trump of Planting National Enquirer Smear

Trump denies but defends the tabloid.
March 25, 2016 Updated: April 3, 2016

Republican candidate Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump of planting a story in the tabloid magazine National Enquirer on March 25 alleging that Cruz had five extramarital affairs.

“I want to be crystal clear: these attacks are garbage,” wrote Cruz in a Facebook post. “For Donald J. Trump to enlist his friends at the National Enquirer and his political henchmen to do his bidding shows you that there is no low Donald won’t go.” 

I want to be crystal clear: these attacks are garbage. For Donald J. Trump to enlist his friends at the National…

Posted by Ted Cruz on Friday, March 25, 2016


Donald Trump responded, denying the accusation in his own Facebook post, and then defending the tabloid’s history of reporting: “While they were right about O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz.”    

I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or…

Posted by Donald J. Trump on Friday, March 25, 2016


The National Enquirer is infamous for “outing” celebrities with unsubstantiated scandals, and false reports of imminent deaths. Earlier this month, the tabloid endorsed Donald Trump with the headline”TRUMP MUST BE PREZ!” 

This is the first time that The National Enquirer has endorsed a candidate for president. 

This comes only days after Trump accused Cruz of running an attack ad featuring nude pictures of Trump’s wife Melania. Cruz denied any involvement.