During Wednesday's GOP town hall, CNN personality Anderson Cooper pressed GOP candidate Donald Trump on his recent misogynistic tweet about opponent Ted Cruz's wife. And, in a predictable turn, Trump resorted to the blame game in his defense: "He started it!" Trump said about his repugnant tiff with Cruz last week bashing his wife for her looks. But Cooper wasn't letting that childish Trump rhetoric go uncriticized.
"I thought it was a nice picture of Heidi," Trump said at first.
"Come on, you're running for president of the United States," Cooper replied.
And then Trump pulled a classic Trump: "Look — I didn't start it."
But Cooper pointed out the irony that the man running for president debates like a child. "Sir, with all due respect, that's the argument of a 5-year-old," Cooper said.
"It is not," Trump said. "It is not."
"The argument of a 5-year-old is, 'He started it,'" Cooper said.
Watch the entire interaction:
The feud in question started last week ahead of Super Tuesday when an anti-Trump group tweeted a provocative picture of Trump's wife Melania posing nude on the cover of the January 2000 issue of GQ along with the caption, "Meet Melania Trump. Your next first lady. Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday."
Trump initially reacted with a vague-yet-threatening tweet: "Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a GQ shoot in his ad," Trump tweeted. "Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!"
But the following day, Trump took the pitiful feud to a new low when he retweeted a side-by-side picture of his and Cruz's wives' faces, captioned "No need to 'spill the beans,' images are worth a thousand words."