Did Ted Cruz Plagiarize Line From ‘The American President?’

Did Ted Cruz Plagiarize Line From ‘The American President?’
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Following a threat by Republican front runner Donald Trump, presidential candidate Ted Cruz defended his wife by seemingly (or unknowingly) lifting a line from the 1995’s “The American President.”


Speaking with CNN, Cruz said, “Donald Trump may be used to bullying everyone around him, but Heidi is not scared of his bellowing attacks. If Donald wants to get in a character fight, he’s better off sticking with me, because Heidi is way out of his league.”

The line is strikingly similar to the one spoken by President Andrew Shepherd, played by Michael Douglas, in the Rob Reiner directorial The American President. Written by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (which, according to USA Today, made him famous in The West Wing and The Social Network), the line says, “You want a character debate, Bob? You better stick with me, ‘cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league.”

Cruz’s defense for his wife came after Trump threatened to “spill the beans” about Cruz’s wife, Heidi. According to Dallas Morning News, Trump blasted at Cruz following the publication of a nude picture of his wife, Melania, in the GQ magazine. The caption of the picture reads, “Meet Melania Trump. Your next first lady. Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.”

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The picture – which in actuality came from an anti Trump super PAC, Make America Awesome – triggered a battle between the two Republican candidates on Twitter. Trump said that he would “spill the beans” about Cruz’s wife. Meanwhile, Cruz’s wife, Heidi, has said that Trump’s comments were “not based in reality.”

The CNN clip can be seen in the following tweet:

Trump responded to Cruz’s defense in the following tweet:

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