According to Breitbart News GOP presidential Sen. Ted Cruz asked his Communications Director Rick Tyler to resign. On Sunday, Tyler posted a story on Facebook falsely accusing (using subtitles) Cruz’s rival Sen. Marco Rubio of telling a Cruz staffer that there are “not many answers” in the Bible.
In actuality Rubio apparently said, “all of the answers” are in the Bible.
Tyler deleted the post on and published an apology on Facebook today.
“I want to apologize to Senator Marco Rubio for posting an inaccurate story about him here earlier today,” Tyler said. “The story showed a video of the Senator walking past a Ted Cruz staffer seated in the lobby of a hotel reading his Bible. The story misquoted a remark the Senator made to the staffer. I assumed wrongly that the story was correct. According to the Cruz staffer, the Senator made a friendly and appropriate remark.”
But the apology wasn’t enough for Rubio.
According to Politico, Cruz told reporters, “Our campaign should not have sent it. That’s why I’ve asked for Rick Tyler’s resignation.”
Mistakes and learning from them obviously is part of being a fallible human being. Everyone makes mistakes.
There’s less room for error, however, in a presidential campaign. And whether or not posting the video was a mistake remains to be seen.
Donald Trump obviously didn’t think it was a mistake, calling the video maneuver another one of Cruz’s “dirty tricks.”
Wow, Ted Cruz falsely suggested Marco Rubio mocked the Bible and was just forced to fire his Communications Director. More dirty tricks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2016
Accusations against the Cruz campaign are ongoing, following the recent hoopla over Cruz’s campaign allegedly photo-shopping images and pushing out misleading robocalls to roughly 500,000 phone numbers. Both Rubio and Trump attacked Cruz for “using ‘dishonest push-polls’,” through a robocall reaching 500,000 South Carolina voters’ phones. On the defense again, Cruz’s campaign denied its involvement in the calls, suggesting instead that “they are being framed.”