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NEW YORK, NY –  Wives have always been the subject of a few laughs on the comedy circuit. “Take my wife, please,” was Henny Youngman’s signature line.

But now wives have become the jokes on the campaign circuit with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz using them as political punch lines.

The current campaign kerfuffle started with the GQ ad showing a naked Melania Trump covered only in jewels and furs.

Trump struck back with a tweet, warning Cruz to be careful or he would spill the beans on his wife Heidi.

The anti-Trump super PAC Make America Awesome paid for the ad, which didn’t come from the Cruz campaign.

Cruz responded with his own tweet, calling Trump a “coward” and “classless”.

He even stole a line straight out of the film The American President. “You want a character debate, Bob? You’d better stick with me because Sidney Ellen Wade is way out of your league.”

Trump continued the fight into a second day with a tweet mocking Cruz for stealing the movie line, then posting an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz next to a glamor photo of his wife, wearing clothes this time.

And this twitter tussle led fox news’ Megan Kelly to post her own tweet that simply asked “seriously?”

The people of Brussels are probably asking the same question.