In a presidential nomination race that has already been incredibly heated, what happened today between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz has made it go nuclear.
During a Fox News interview this morning, Donald Trump referenced a recent National Enquirer headline that accuses Ted Cruz' father, Rafael, of conspiring to kill President John F. Kennedy by claiming that Rafael is the "unidentified man" that appears in a historic photo with assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
"His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being, you know, shot," Trump said. "I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. Nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it. What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the shooting?"
Later in the day, in response to the story, Cruz unloaded on Trump in a tirade the likes of which hasn't been seen even in this election cycle.
"I'm going to do something I haven't done for the entire campaign," Cruz told the news reporters around him. "I'm going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump."
Here's a summary of his 15-minute rant:
— "[Trump] is a pathological liar. His response is to accuse everybody else of lying."
— "[He's] a narcissist at a level I don't think this country's ever seen."
— "If you hooked him up to a lie detector test, he could say one thing in the morning, one thing at noon, and one thing in the evening — all contradictory — and he'd pass the liar detector test each time."
— "The man is utterly amoral. Morality does not exist for him."
— "Donald will betray his supporters on ever issue."
— "Donald Trump is a serial philanderer, and he boasts about it. Do you want to spend the next five years with your kids bragging about infidelity?"
— "Donald Trump said he had never asked God for forgiveness for anything. What does that say about a person?"
— "We are looking, potentially, at the Biff Tannen presidency."
In response, according to People.com, Donald Trump said in a statement: "It is no surprise he has resorted to his usual tactics of over-the-top rhetoric that nobody believes. Over the last week, I have watched Lyin' Ted become more and more unhinged as he is unable to react under the pressure and stress of losing, in all cases by landslides, the last six primary elections — in fact, coming in last place in all but one of them."
He concluded, "Today's ridiculous outburst only proves what I have been saying for a long time, that Ted Cruz does not have the temperament to be President of the United States."