Under fire for “dirty tricks,” the Texas senator abruptly fires his communications director for spreading a false story about Marco Rubio and the Bible.
Ted Cruz just fired his top national spokesman for spreading a false story about Marco Rubio.
Citing “a grave error in judgment,” the Republican presidential candidate told reporters Monday afternoon that he had asked for the resignation of his campaign’s communications director, Rick Tyler. On Saturday, the day of the South Carolina primary, Tyler had posted on social media a link to a story with a video of Marco Rubio making a comment to a Cruz staffer who was reading the Bible. The audio on the video was unclear, but the transcript that accompanied it showed Rubio making a disparaging remark to the staffer about the Bible, saying there were “not many answers in it.”
Rubio said he was in fact praising the Bible—that he’d said, “All the answers are in there”—and on Monday, the newspaper that made the original transcription updated its story to say that the audio was unclear. Rubio’s campaign promptly accused Tyler and Cruz of playing dirty tricks. Tyler apologized on Facebook for posting “an inaccurate story” about Rubio:
Tyler later went on Fox News to amplify his apology, but it apparently wasn’t enough for Cruz. “I had made clear in this campaign that we will conduct this campaign with the very highest standards of integrity,” Cruz told reporters, according to The Daily Beast’s Gideon Resnick.