Things got heated Thursday evening when Ted Cruz communications director Alice Stewart confronted Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson over the billionaire's recent attacks on Heidi Cruz.
Stewart said that Cruz denounced a controversial ad featuring Melania Trump "the moment" it was "brought to his attention" and noted it was created by an anti-Trump ad that "has actually said critical things about Ted in the past."
"Katrina, I'm surprised and shocked that you're not embarrassed," Stewart said. "If you're not embarrassed by your boss's behavior, that says a lot."
"Don't be surprised," Pierson fired back, arguing Trump has merely been "defending his own wife."
The two spokeswomen were referring to an ad created by an anti-Trump super PAC which targeted Utah Mormon voters with a web ad featuring a naked Melania Trump handcuffed to a bed. The photo was snapped as part of a special for GQ Magazine.
Despite the ad being created by an anti-Trump super PAC (the group is not pro-Ted Cruz, simply anti-Trump), Trump accused the Texas senator of being behind the ad. The billionaire warned Cruz to “be careful” or he would “spill the beans” on his wife. On Wednesday night, Trump posted an unflattering image of Heidi Cruz.
Stewart said that Trump's focus on Heidi Cruz was a "product of the fact" that he is "afraid" to go "head-to-head" with the Texas senator "on the issues."
"He's been hiding in Trump Tower for days tweeting inappropriate comments. He is afraid to go head-to-head with Ted Cruz on issues people are concerned with," Stewart said. "And let me tell you this. We have a town hall next week here on CNN from Wisconsin. We invite Donald Trump to come on stage at 8:00 to debate the issues."
Pierson noted that Trump has been an accessible candidate and conducted countless interviews with the press.
"The fact that you want to say he's afraid is laughable," Pierson told Stewart. "That might work with other campaigns, but not with the Trump campaign."
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