Trump hits Cruz mailers as ‘dishonest,’ ‘deceptive’
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GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn't 'changed much' since campaign MORE early Sunday weighed in on controversial get-out-the-vote mailers sent by rival Ted CruzTed CruzThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Curtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Kimmel: Let’s make Trump a king so he has no power MORE, calling them “dishonest and deceptive.”

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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 PaulCurtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Glimmer of hope in bipartisan criminal justice reform effort Trump barrage stuns McConnell and his allies MORE, a fellow GOP presidential candidate, late Saturday hit Cruz over the mailers, calling them an example of hypocrisy.