Amanda Carpenter fights allegations of affair with Cruz in emotional CNN interview

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In an emotional and oftentimes awkward interview, Amanda Carpenter denied having an affair with Sen. Ted Cruz.

Carpenter, who worked as Cruz’s communications director, defended herself from the allegations published by the National Enquirer on CNN Tuesday to a clearly uncomfortable Jake Tapper.

“I have a purely professional relationship with Sen. Cruz. And I want to go further than that: I am 100% faithful to my husband. There is nothing more important to me than being a good wife and a good mother, and it’s been very hard the last few days to have my character called into question and watch this blow back on them,” she said.

Carpenter also defended herself from a video that purported to show proof of an affair between Cruz and Carpenter that was retweeted by Donald Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino.

“I don’t want to run away from this. I want to address it. But at the same time, the hardest thing about doing this is defending myself but not making it worse,” Carpenter, who is now a CNN contributor, said. “And so that’s the weird conundrum that I’ve found myself in and so many of these other women who have to confront these sort of sexist smears.”

She added that she wished Trump had tried to “tamp down” the rumors when they started rather than fan the flames by suggesting the Enquirer had been correct in the past.

“I just want to encourage everyone to look at the broader culture of this campaign: There is a toxic culture being produced this season. And I think we all need to recognize what’s happening, look at the facts, and go into this with our eyes wide open and be unafraid to confront it,” she said.

Watch the interview below.

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