We received a press release about this from the National Enquirer a couple of days ago, but frankly have been skeptical of the report’s accuracy about Ted Cruz for all the reasons you could possibly imagine. If you’ve spent any time on Twitter over the past twelve hours, you’ve noticed the #CruzSexScandal hashtag, which has scored over 401,000 uses so far. The tag refers to the Enquirer‘s freshly printed and potentially campaign-ending story about Cruz. The tabloid claims that Cruz has been leading a double life. That is, he only pretends to be a perfect Conservative Christian who’s faithful to his wife, Heidi. Meanwhile, he’s allegedly enjoyed extramarital sex romps with at least five women.
Naturally, the internet jumped all over this mess because everyone loves a good Ted Cruz slam story. And it’s all fun and games when folks throw around Zodiac Killer and Stryper conspiracies, but this is a story involving serious allegations. This scandal could not only destroy a political career, but could rip a family apart. Perhaps Ted’s an insufferable person, but he doesn’t deserve a made-up story that would effectively ruin his life. Nor do his wife and two children need this pain. Sure, the Cruzes put themselves in the public eye, but the National Enquirer may have motives here other than simply unearthing a scandal. Let’s dig into what we know about this story.
Exhibit #1: The Enquirer‘s Cruz Allegations
The tabloid’s claims revolve around “pervy Ted” and his alleged philandering. The print version features a lineup of five women who allegedly slept with Cruz, as revealed by some trusty private investigators’ diggings. One of these women, according to the Enquirer, may be a prostitute while one is a teacher and three have worked with Cruz on various campaigns. Their faces have been blurred for privacy purposes, and here’s a screencap.
Unfortunately for the women, the internet quickly unearthed a few of their identities. One woman, Amanda Carpenter, has strenuously denied any sexual involvement with Cruz. She’s also been very critical of Donald Trump’s repeated Heidi attacks. Before Carpenter’s name was drawn into the mix, she tweeted this: “First Carly, then Megyn, now Heidi Cruz. Anyone else see a pattern? Three times isn’t a mistake. It’s a trend.”
The leftmost woman in the lineup has been revealed as Katrina Pierson. Cable news junkies will recognize her as Trump’s official campaign spokesperson. J.K. Rowling once called Pierson a “death eater” because her statements align so closely with her boss. Interestingly enough, Pierson once worked for Cruz himself. So, they know each other, but her presence on this list feels misplaced. If Cruz’s main rival (Trump, obv) engineered this story with planted sources, why would he throw his great defender under the bus? On Friday morning, Pierson officially responded by describing allegations of her involvement as “false.”
Exhibit #2: Donald Trump’s Ties To The Enquirer
Any self-respecting political candidate would balk at being involved with a publication of rumors. But if we’ve learned anything about Trump’s rise, it’s how the rules do not apply to his teflon nature. In fact, everything that shouldn’t work in his favor ends up miraculously catapulting him higher into the stratosphere. So, consider how Trump managed to score the not-so-coveted official Enquirer endorsement with a title that screams, “Trump Must Be President.”
There are several reasons for the Enquirer‘s apparent butt kissing. First, Trump can move copy off the newsstand. Second, his flashy presence and history as a reality-star makes him a prime star for the tabloid’s practices. Third, some deeper digging reveals Trump’s long-running alliance with the tabloid. On several occasions, Trump has tossed Twitter praise at David Pecker, the CEO of the Enquirer‘s publisher, American Media, Inc.