Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's New York supporters have been "engulfed" in a "wave of pessimism" after the real estate billionaire retweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz last week and amid fears the Trump campaign was behind Friday's National Enquirer article
alleging Ted Cruz engaged in affairs with multiple women,
New York Post columnist Fredric U. Dicker writes.
"Everyone has been waiting for months for Donald to become more presidential, and unfortunately, he appears to be going in the opposite direction," Dicker says "one of Trump's most prominent New York supporters" told the paper.
"We understood in the early days when he was trying to differentiate himself from the rest of the pack of candidates that he had to do certain things, but why is he now doubling down on that sort of crap, starting with his talking about the size of his penis and now ending up attacking Cruz's wife and the stuff about alleged affairs?"
"I wish Trump would just shape up and start acting more presidential," another New York GOP official told the Post, Dicker writes.
A third source, who Dicker describes as "a female Republican activist who hasn't taken sides in the presidential contest," says Trump will face "incredible damage" if it is shown that either his campaign or long-time Trump ally Roger Stone was behind the Enquirer article.
"Notwithstanding how resilient Trump has proven himself to be, it'll be a bridge too far to try and destroy someone's family and then expect to walk away unscathed," the activist said, Dicker writes.
Trump backers are still confident he will win his home state on April 19.
"So far neither Cruz nor [John] Kasich even has a campaign going on in New York, so, even with Donald's troubles and the growing doubts about him, there's a good chance he'll win most if not all the delegates on primary day," Dicker quotes a "prominent Trump activist" as saying.
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