CNN’s Kate Bolduan sparred with a Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE adviser Thursday and called the GOP front-runner’s latest attack against Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments' Bob Dole: heroic, prickly and effective Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away MORE’s wife “demeaning to women.”
Trump shared an image on Twitter Wednesday of his wife, a former model, next to Cruz’s wife — an apparent comparison of their appearances — with the text “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
“As a woman, it’s demeaning to not only Ted Cruz’s wife, it’s demeaning to Melania Trump because she has a lot more going for her than just her looks, and you don’t see that in this retweet,” Bolduan said to senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller during her show “At This Hour.”
Bolduan peppered Miller with questions about why he thinks such behavior is appropriate for a presidential candidate.
“We will agree on one thing,” she said to Miller. “Put politics out of this, you and I are not going to agree on endorsing something that is demeaning to women, including Donald Trump’s wife.”
Miller stood by his boss’s decision to share the image: “I think the retweet speaks for itself,” he said. “Of course I endorse the decision to retweet it.”
Trump has been angry about an ad from an anti-Trump super-PAC that featured an image of his wife posing nude in a 2000 issue of GQ magazine, and he has claimed it came from the Cruz camp. Cruz said he has no connection to the super-PAC.
That didn’t stop Trump from launching a Twitter threat against Cruz Tuesday night, saying he should be careful or he’ll “spill the beans” on Cruz's wife, Heidi.
Miller maintained that the Cruz campaign should tell the super-PAC to back down and remove the ad.
Cruz has pushed back against Trump, and in a series of interviews has said the threat to go after his wife “should be beneath Donald.”
Heidi Cruz responded to Trump’s attacks during a campaign stop in Wisconsin Wednesday.
“Most of the things Donald Trump says have no basis in reality,” she told reporters.
It’s not the first time Trump has been accused of misogyny by a network news anchor. He has an ongoing feud with Fox’s Megyn Kelly, which began during an August debate when she questioned him sharply on his penchant for making crude remarks toward women.
Kelly responded to Trump’s attack on Heidi Cruz Thursday with a one-word tweet: “Seriously?” she said.