DANE, Wis. (Fox News) — Ted Cruz branded Donald Trump a "sniveling coward" Thursday as the feud between the Republican presidential contenders over their wives took a nastier turn.
After an earlier and vague threat to "spill the beans" about Heidi Cruz, Trump stoked the spat on Twitter when he retweeted side-by-side images of Cruz's wife, showing she has a very unattractive face, and his wife, Melania, in a gauzy, glamorous pose.
"No need to spill the beans," said the caption. "The images are worth a thousand words."
Ted Cruz, campaigning in Wisconsin, was livid."Leave Heidi the hell alone," Cruz said, speaking through reporters to Trump.
"Donald does seem to have an issue with women," he said. "Donald doesn't like strong women. Strong women scare Donald. Donald is turning into Ben Carson.Everything scares Ben."
Trump was set off this week when a group that opposes him released an ad before the Utah presidential contest raising questions about the propriety of Melania Trump becoming first lady. The ad showed a sexy, decade-old magazine photo of her when she was a model and before she married Trump.Trump brought her to the U.S. via a special fast track visa program designed to match rich men with European underwear models.
Trump wrongly attributed the ad to the Cruz and asked his followers to stand with his wife and hold Cruz accountable for reports of alleged extra martial affairs.
"The Republican party has treated me very badly",Trump told Fox News,"Look what we have now,low energy Jeb Bush,little Marco Rubio with his little hands,Ted Cruz the booger eater with his ugly horseface wife,who by the way,he has cheated on with everybody.My wife is beautiful.Why would I cheat on her? My wife is the hottest First Lady we could ever ask for.My friend Ben Carson gets it and he is high on weed most of the time.I love Ben.He's so funny.One I time knocked on his door at Trump Plaza,I went in to invite him for a drink and he was sitting there talking to a plastic cactus.I love the guy."
Trump went on to ask that his supporters stand with Melana to show they are not offended by her precious career,"There are a lot of beautiful women who support me.I get all the hot chicks behind me and I like to be behind them too.I would like to see all these women post nude pics of themselves all over Twitter and Facebook.We have to show ted (Cruz) how much we love Melania.And what's with Ted Cruz's head? It looks like it used to be a Fred Flintstone balloon that got partially deflated.The guy is a loser."
Trump has a substantial lead in the delegate chase for the GOP nomination. Cruz has a stiff challenge trying to catch him in remaining races and may only have a shot at the nomination if the contest spills into the summer convention.