Despite the Democratic Party being the only party to hold primaries over the weekend, Donald Trump still managed to keep Republicans on their toes and in the headlines.
A super political action committee (PAC) published a suggestive photo from a former GQ photo shoot of Trump’s wife, Melania, and Trump was quick to blame Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign.
“Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad,” Trump tweeted last Tuesday. “Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”
Cruz responded, tweeting, “Donald, real men don’t attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life.”
Last Thursday, Cruz responded again to Trump in an interview, saying, “Donald, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Heidi alone.”
That morning, Cruz’s campaign denounced the ad and emphasized that the campaign had no affiliation with the super PAC that posted the original image of Melania.
“This is a sad state of affairs when we have someone who is running for president who makes derogatory and insulting comments, repeatedly, against women,” Alice Stewart, spokeswoman for Cruz, said on CNN. “We’ve had Carly Fiorina. We’ve had Megyn Kelly. And now, Heidi Cruz. This is not just a whim. This is a pattern.”
BERNIE SANDERS SWEEPS SATURDAY
Easter weekend proved to be successful for Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won all three states that held Democratic caucuses on Saturday with a margin over 40 percent in each state.
Despite winning Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, Sanders is still almost 700 delegates behind Hillary Clinton, whom Sanders challenged to a debate in New York before the state’s April 19th primary.
The Democratic Party system is comprised of delegates and superdelegates – distinguished party leaders, elected officials, all Democratic members of the House and Senate and Democratic governors – and while delegates are locked-in and decided by primary and caucus results, superdelegates are unconfirmed and may decide on their vote at any given point in the election.
Of Clinton’s 1,742 total delegates, 483 are superdelegates. According to CNN, Sanders’ campaign plans to push superdelegates away from their endorsements of Clinton.
“I think when they begin to look at the reality, and that is that we in poll after poll are beating Donald Trump by much larger margins than Secretary Clinton,” Sanders said to CNN. “A lot of these superdelegates may rethink their position for Secretary Clinton.”
ALL EYES ON WISCONSIN
Along with the Republicans, the Democratic candidates will shift their attention to the state of Wisconsin, who hosts its primary on April 5th. This is the only primary for both parties until the New York primary.
Cruz’s campaign has repeatedly called for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the presidential election so that Cruz could face Trump one-on-one. However, in an interview with Meet The Press, Kasich dismissed Cruz’s suggestion, stating that he is only Republican who can win in the fall.
“If I’d gotten out, Trump would be the nominee. He would have won Ohio,” Kasich said on Sunday night’s episode of “Meet The Press.” “So, I mean, it’s absurd. It’s absurd. You know, if you really want, let them consolidate behind me, because frankly, I’m the one that can win in the fall. And I’m the one that can get the crossover votes.”
Trump leads the Republican race with 739 delegates, Cruz follows with 460 and Kasich holds 145. A total of 1,237 are needed for the Republican nomination.