There were many shots fired yesterday as the "wife feud" between Donald (and Melania) Trump and Ted (and Heidi) Cruz hit new lows, dragging none other than the National Enquirer tabloid into it and escalating the #CruzSexScandal into one of the most talked about topics on social media.
To be sure, Trump washed his hands of the affair saying "I have nothing to do with the National Enquirer and unlike Lyin' Ted Cruz I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence. Ted Cruz’s problem with the National Enquirer is his and his alone, and while they were right about O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Lyin’ Ted Cruz."
Cruz was adamant, repeating that the Enquirer article linking him to five women is "garbage, complete and utter lies" and that "it's tabloid smear, and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen," a perturbed Cruz told reporters at a press conference in Wisconsin.
On this one occasion, however, Trump may be telling the truth because the source of the original Cruz rumor is none other than Donald Trump's old nemesis, the same hacker collective which recently released his social security and phone number, Anonymous.
As the following YouTube clip released on March 15, the Anonymous hacker group warned Ted Cruz last week to leave the race "or else."
As part of its #OpCruz assault, the hacker collective threatened to release information on Cruz engaging with prostitutes if he did not leave the race. Some of the highlights from the clip:
Mr. Cruz, we are now demanding that you exit this race within 24 hours, or Anonymous will release all of the information we have found.
It’s time that we tell America what’s hiding behind the curtain.
Have you heard of the expression “candy wrappers”? Do you recall visiting prostitutes?
Mr. Cruz, we are now demanding you exit this race immediately or Anonymous will release all of the information that we have found. Your so-called underground acts that you think were done in the dark, will be brought out for all the public to see. It will be sent to every media outlet to publicize your disgusting behavior.
We assure you it will go viral on every social media platforms in a matter of minutes. Mr. Cruz your disgusting campaign ends now; your campaign to gain power with ulterior motives that include your wife will also be exposed.
There is nothing from your past that won't haunt you."
In other words, the Anonymous #OpCruz started long before Trump and the Enquirer got involved, and in fact was already active when the Cruz SuperPAC released the first naked photo of Melania Trump early last week.
Judging by a twitter account linked to anonymous, it may well have been an Anonymous leak to the Enquirer that started it all, in which case all of Cruz' accusations aimed at Trump (such as even this most bizarre one) are slanderous, although there is no way to know for sure.
The question now is whether Anonymous will carry through with its threat, and release the factual backing of its accusations either directly or via media outlets, just as it did in its feud with Trump, or will it quietly back down.
The latest tweets from the Anonymous-linked twitter account suggest that something big may be indeed imminent: