Donald Trump Supporter Accuses CNN Contributor of Having an Affair with Ted Cruz


The latest bout of misogyny in the 2016 election is brought to you by Donald Trump supporter Adriana Cohen, who on Friday hijacked a CNN segment to accuse Amanda Carpenter, a former Ted Cruz spokeswoman and CNN contributor, of having an affair with the Texas senator. 

The accusation comes as the most recent salvo in the ongoing war between the two leading Republican presidential candidates over each others’ wives. Today the National Enquirer story alleged Cruz has had extramarital relationships with five different women.

“Absolutely, I think we should move on,” Cohen responded when CNN host Kate Bolduan asked her if Trump would be better moving on from such low-level attacks. “Where we should move to is the National Enquirer story that has reported that Ted Cruz has allegedly had affairs with at least five—including, you’ve been named, Amanda.”

“I don’t think that’s moving on at all, Adriana,” a stunned Bolduan retorted. 

Ignoring Bolduan’s obvious disapproval, Cohen continued to press Carpenter to comment on the allegation.

“What’s out there is tabloid trash,” Carpenter shot back. “If someone wants to comment on it, they can talk to my lawyer. It is categorically false, and you should be ashamed of spreading this kind of smut.”

“I will not be intimidated.”

Bolduan stepped in to reclaim control over the interview. “I’m going to be much more comfortable talking about a National Enquirer report when CNN has done some reporting on that topic. Let’s do this—let’s move on.”

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