Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is in the middle of a sex scandal alleged by the National Enquirer, shaking up the already controversial presidential race.
"Private detectives are digging into at least five affairs Ted Cruz supposedly had," a Washington insider reportedly told the tabloid magazine. "The leaked details are an attempt to destroy what’s left of his White House campaign!”
Cruz responded to the scandal after it began to circulate, calling the rumors "garbage" that came from "Donald Trump and his henchmen" after Trump threatened to "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife in a Twitter feud.
"These smears are completely false, they’re offensive to Heidi and me, they’re offensive to our daughters, and they’re offensive to everyone Donald continues to personally attack. Donald Trump’s consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath the office we are seeking and we are not going to follow," Cruz wrote in a Facebook post, the Daily Beast reported.
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Trump then released a statement of his own, denying involvement in the allegations while mentioning that the Enquirer was responsible for the correct reporting of John Edwards' affair, as well as the sex scandals of other public figures.
"Unlike Lyin’ Ted I do not surround myself with political hacks and henchmen and then pretend total innocence," he wrote. The Enquirer endorsed Trump in early March.
The Daily Beast later discovered that several news sources were pitched the cheating scandal, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg News and the New York Times. None decided to run the story.
Breitbart News, a conservative news outlet, was also pitched the story. A source close to Breitbart told the Daily Beast that allies of Marco Rubio presented the outlet with videos of Cruz and a woman who wasn't his wife coming out of the Capitol Grille restaurant and a hotel.
Breitbart ultimately decided not to run the report, as it didn't provide direct evidence of an affair.
"We got it from a Rubio ally," the source told the Daily Beast. "It was too thin, so [Breitbart’s Washington political editor Matt Boyle] decided not to run it. There was no way to verify the claims.”
The Cruz campaign reportedly was aware of the allegations for months prior to the National Enquirer story.