In his most scathing attack yet on Donald Trump, Ted Cruz on Tuesday angrily labeled the Republican presidential front-runner a "pathological liar" and "serial philanderer" for whom "morality does not exist."
"Whatever lie he's telling in that minute he believes it. But the man is utterly amoral. Morality does not exist for him," Cruz said in Indiana, which is holding a pivotal primary that may determine his future in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
Cruz tore into a Trump's love life, calling the thrice-married, one-time playboy as a "serial philander" who "boasts about it."
"This is not a secret, he's proud of being a serial philander. I want everyone to think about your teenage kids. The president of the United States talks about how great it is to commit adultery," Cruz said.
"How proud he is, describes his battle with venereal disease as his own personal Vietnam. That's a quote from the Howard Stern show. Do you want to spend the next five years with your kids bragging about infidelity?"
The Texas senator called Trump a "narcissist," the likes of which "I don't think this country has ever seen."
"This man is a pathological liar, he doesn't know the difference between truth and lies . . . in a pattern that is straight out of a psychology text book, he accuses everyone of lying," said Cruz in an outburst carried on CNN
"Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and says, 'Dude, what's your problem?'" Cruz fumed.
He charged that Trump has a "real problem" with women and is "terrified" of them, noting how the billionaire developer tweeted a grimacing photo of his wife, Heidi, next to a glamour shot of Trump's wife, Melania.
"He went after Heidi directly, attacked her and smeared her. Heidi isn't pretty enough for him," Cruz said. "Donald is a bully. Bullies don't come from strength they come from weakness. There's a reason Donald builds giant buildings and puts his name on them everywhere he goes."
Cruz's fury appeared to be triggered by Trump hinting that his father Rafael Cruz was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a charge based on a National Enquirer story purporting that Rafael and Lee Harvey Oswald once handed out pro-Castro pamphlets together.
Trump said on Fox News's "Fox and Friends," that Rafael Cruz "was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being shot … Nobody even brings it up; they don't even talk about that. What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting? It's horrible."
Aside from Cruz's arsenal of missiles at Trump, his campaign spokesperson Catherine Frazier also fired away.
"His false, cheap, meaningless comments every day indicate his desperation to get attention and willingness to say anything to do so," she said in a statement.
"We are campaigning on jobs freedom and security while Trump campaigns on false tabloid garbage. And the media is willfully enabling him to cheapen the value of our democratic process."
opined that the bitter and unusual attacks suggests Cruz's campaign "might be nearing a breaking point" as Trump inches closer to the delegate count of 1,237 he needs to clinch the nomination.
Polls show that Trump is likely to win Indiana.
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