Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death MORE on Thursday angrily slammed rival Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE for dragging Cruz's wife into the campaign with a series of attacks.

"It's not easy to tick me off. I don't get angry often. But you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids, that'll do it every time," Cruz said in Wisconsin.

ADVERTISEMENT

"Donald, you're a sniveling coward. Leave Heidi the hell alone."

Trump first attacked Heidi Cruz on Tuesday night with a tweet threatening to "spill the beans" about her. Trump was responding to an ad from an anti-Trump super-PAC that featured Trump's wife posing nude.

Trump intensified the attacks by sharing a tweet late Wednesday night with an image comparing his wife, Melania, a former model, to Cruz's wife and stating, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

Asked whether he would support Trump if he gets the nomination, Cruz avoided the question.

"I'm going to beat him for the nomination," he said. 

"Donald Trump will not be the nominee," he continued to repeat when pressed.