"Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!" Trump wrote.
The real estate mogul accused Cruz's campaign of disseminating an attack ad featuring a photo that ran more than a decade ago in GQ of Trump's wife Melania seemingly naked on a rug. The ad was from an anti-Trump group.
Cruz defended his wife, who is the daughter of Christian missionaries. The Cruzes have two young daughters. Heidi Cruz is on leave from her job as a managing director at Goldman Sachs.
"Heidi has spent a couple of decades in the business world. She’s used to the rough and tumble, I’ll tell you it is not easy to be a woman in the business world, and she is used to dealing with bullies, and Donald Trump doesn’t scare Heidi remotely," Cruz said.
Earlier, speaking on Fox Business Channel, Cruz used a line that is very similar to one from a movie to defend his wife.
“Donald Trump, if you want a character fight, stick with me because Heidi is way out of your league,” Cruz said.
It's very similar to a line from "The American President," a 1995 movie written by Aaron Sorkin, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening.
"You want a character debate, Bob, you’d better stick with me, because Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league," Douglas's character said.