The accusations come from the National Enquirer, which — while being known for salacious gossip and unfounded rumors — has also exposed several politicians over the years, such as former North Carolina Senator John Edwards.
The article, with its eyebrow-raising accusations, was printed just days after Donald Trump threatened Ted Cruz and his wife on Twitter.
Ted Cruz has slammed Donald Trump, accusing him of starting the false rumors.
Trump, for his part, has vehemently denied any involvement with the story:
“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 not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it.”
So, is there any truth to these rumors??
There is no doubt that the National Enquirer is cozy with Trump. The publication has previously endorsed him, and Trump is buddy-buddy with their CEO David Pecker.
According to some inside sources at the Enquirer, Pecker has protected Trump from the type of thorough investigations that other politicians have been subjected to.
While rumors of a potential video have been floated around on social media, right now it is a lot of “he said, she said.” But there is a lot of it.
First off, the five stories in the National Enquirer. However, not only has Cruz denied the claims, so have several of the women who’s stories were named in the article.
Collaborating the rumors, however, a writer on Medium has come forward to say that she spoke to the sister-in-law of one of Cruz’s paramours:
The woman, whose brother is married to the alleged paramour — who appears on CNN as contributor, said, “It’s true. They were together only a few times.” She added her sister-in-law, “was transfixed by Ted. He has a way of selling ice to an Eskimo.”
I asked when the affairs occurred. “Right before Ted’s campaign for Senate,” she said. “They’d get together when Cruz visited DC.” She added, “The whole family knows, everybody knows about this.”
Cruz’s lover is married and has children. (Source)
Secondly, The DC Madame’s attorney has come forward to say that “names in their records” could be relevant to the ongoing election, implying that Cruz may have had some sort of interaction with her.
And the story was tacitly confirmed by a Washington Times reporter:
Furthermore, behavioral analysts have said that Ted Cruz’s reaction to the scandal is what they would suspect of someone who is, in fact guilty.
Behaviorally, when the facts are the ally of an individual, he or she almost always tends to focus on the facts of the matter at hand. In this case, if the key fact was that he had not had these affairs, Cruz would almost certainly have been much more strongly focused on the denial. That is, he very likely would have made a point of explicitly stating something along the lines of, “I did not have these affairs.” (Source)
Additionally, some people are prying into a bizarre $500,000 donation made by a Ted Cruz supporting superPAC to Carly Fiorina. Many people are suspecting that it might have been some sort of hush money.
Some people have also linked a 2005 police report, that claims Heidi Cruz (Ted’s wife) was a “danger to herself” on the side of an interstate as evidence of his toxic infidelity.
Furthermore, on live TV, a Trump supporter accused Amanda Carpenter — A former Cruz staffer — of being one of the people who have had an affair with her former boss.
People have dug through some of Carpenter’s tweets, and found some weird gems:
To answer the headline’s question, there is not yet any ironclad proof of Ted Cruz having an affair.
While the National Enquirer has broke several accurate infidelity stories in the past, that does not necessarily mean they are right this time. And while there is certainly a great deal of bizarre and circumstantial evidence, that does not, an indisputable case, make.
Should this much-rumored “video” surface, that would be pretty conclusive. Until then, I’m holding judgement on Ted Cruz’s fidelity. What I’m not holding judgement on, however, is Cruz’s terrible political ideas, nonsense far-right conservative attitude, and how absolutely nuts the 2016 Republican Primary is.