Before the rumors and allegations were made public in a scorching piece against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for allegedly having five extramarital affairs, the accusations laid in hiding under a mysterious hashtag on Twitter.
For weeks leading up to the National Enquirer report out Friday, which claims Cruz had sexual relations with five former co-workers and political insiders, supporters of Sen. Marco Rubio and “#NeverTrump” promoters on social media discussed “#TheThing,” as the Cruz allegation was dubbed by insiders.
— #WriteInRubio (@corrcomm) March 12, 2016
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 12, 2016
— Orpi (@Orpi35) March 11, 2016
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) March 11, 2016
When does #TheThing drop? Tomorrow? Not until after Tuesday?
— Jonathan (@jmorris116) March 13, 2016
The news networks sitting on ‘The Thing’ are doing the ultimate disservice to our country.
— Stop Trump PAC (@StopTrumpPAC) March 13, 2016
So I know about #TheThing and I hope it isn’t true. Not going to assume anything until I see hard evidence (or lack thereof).
— Connor Mighell (@connor_mighell) March 14, 2016
— Renee (@Renee4Rubio) March 14, 2016
If you drive Rubio out and #TheThing drops, and it turns out to be true, you will have nowhere to go. I wish I could say I’d laugh. I won’t.
— #WriteInRubio (@corrcomm) March 15, 2016
Cruz’s alleged mistresses include Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and CNN pundit Amanda Carpenter, who formerly worked for the Cruz campaign.
Pierson has repeatedly denied the allegations and actually debunked the rumors a week ago when she was questioned about it on social media.
And the world turns.