Ahead of the Utah Republican primary, an anti-Trump super PAC released this now infamous ad featuring Melania Trump.
The ad questioned whether the naked vixen would be an appropriate First Lady and implored voters to support Ted Cruz.
Cruz went on to win the Utah primary by over 55 points.
Despite the fact that the ad clearly stated that it was “not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee” and that Ted Cruz quickly denounced it, Donald Trump has spent days claiming that it was done with Cruz’s knowledge.
His campaign has even claimed that Cruz paid GQ for the photo, but has not produced any evidence to support the charge.
In response to the ad, Trump even re-tweeted an offensive side-by-side of Melania and Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi, setting off a firestorm of controversy.
Now Trump’s campaign manager has blown up the entire narrative, contradicting his boss and claiming that Cruz knew nothing about the Utah attack ad!
Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said in a radio interview on Tuesday that Ted Cruz’s campaign was not involved in an attack ad on Trump’s wife, Melania. Lewandowski’s comments contradict his own candidate’s repeated claims the Cruz campaign was responsible.
“No, everybody knows he sent it out,” Trump told Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, claiming Cruz broke federal election law to be involved in $300 Facebook ad from the anti-Trump super PAC Make America Awesome. ” He knew the people in the super PAC. He knew — I would be willing to bet he wrote the phrase.”