Trump hits Cruz mailers as ‘dishonest,’ ‘deceptive’


GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump claims he was endorsed 'conceptually' by military McMullin scraps Va. event to focus on Western states Climate’s on the ballot like never before MORE early Sunday weighed in on controversial get-out-the-vote mailers sent by rival Ted CruzTed CruzBreitbart, liberal activist cooperated on GOP primary disruptions: report Juan Williams: When WikiLeaks leaked my cell number 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race MORE, calling them “dishonest and deceptive.”

The Texas senator’s campaign distributed “report cards,” marked with the words “voting violation” in a large red box, purporting to grade Iowa residents and their neighbors on their participation in past caucuses.

Iowa’s secretary of state on Saturday rebuked Cruz, saying the literature “misrepresents” the role of his office and Iowa election law. 

“Accusing citizens of Iowa of a ‘voting violation’ based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act,” Pate continued in the statement. “There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting.

“Any institution or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses,” he added.

Cruz told defended the tactic Saturday evening, according to The Associated Press, telling reporters that the mailing is “routine.”

Rand PaulRand PaulWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election How low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? MORE, a fellow GOP presidential candidate, late Saturday hit Cruz over the mailers, calling them an example of hypocrisy.