Amanda Carpenter (born in 1982) is a political commentator, author and political advisor who has become a legend in Washington, D.C. circles in just a few short years. Hers is a tale of flying high and getting all of life's blessings while leading a moral life. As an exemplar in the offices of conservative Senators, Amanda has blazed a trail that will be tough for other aides to follow.
Let's learn a bit more about this paragon, this legend of the halls of power and influence.
Amanda is from Montrose, Michigan. The picture above is from when she was 13 years old and playing basketball.
Carpenter went to Ball State University and received a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2005.
Amanda quickly got jobs at publications such as Human Events, Townhall.com and the Washington Times. Her column at the Times was called the Hot Button.
Amanda was always of a conservative bent, a true God-fearing woman. She left her job at the Times to work in the office of Senator Jim DeMint.
DeMint left the Senate on 1 January 2013 to take a prestigious position at the Heritage Foundation. Amanda didn't bat an eyelash and quickly found a new home in the offices of Senator Ted Cruz.
Amanda found an even cozier home in the Cruz offices than she had in DeMint's. She remained there until 5 July 2015, helping Ted with his speeches and whatever else he needed worked up.
Amanda left her comfortable nest in the Senate to work as a political commentator, particularly on the Anderson Cooper 360 show.
A true maven at social media, Amanda has a bustling Twitter page. With over 73 thousand followers at last count, Amanda is always the life of the party.
Amanda, though, is a very moral woman. In fact, her Twitter public profile at one point began with a Biblical verse, 1 John 4:7-9, which reads:
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.She appears to have removed that Biblical quote, though, perhaps in light of some developments we will get to below.
Amanda described herself on Twitter thusly:
1 John 4:7-9 @CR columns here https://www.conservativereview.com/authors/amanda-carpenter … CNN Contributor, Former Cruz comms director, DeMint speechwriter. Mommy. Wifey. https://instagram.com/_amandacarpenter …Now, the profile begins with the "CNN Contributor" part and omits, among other things, the "Mommy. Wifey" part.
Amanda has made the news of her own accord once or twice.
|This is a known picture of Amanda Carpenter.|
One time Amanda made news was when a California Congressman tweeted her a harsh message because of her support for the repeal of Obamacare. The Congressman later apologized.
|Why the blurry image to the right? We're about to get to that. Look like her?|
Another time was when a story broke about her former employer, Senator Ted Cruz. At the time, Cruz was locked in a fierce battle for the Republican Presidential nomination. The story concerned alleged mistresses of Senator Cruz.
|What does Amanda have to do with this Enquirer story? Read on.|
The story appeared in the National Enquirer in March 2016. It alleged that Senator Cruz had had several mistresses. It was an explosive revelation that basically doomed Ted Cruz' presidential aspirations.
|Look at the picture in the upper right - one of the ones with the eyes blacked out. Look familiar? We'll try to make it clearer below.|
Pictures of the alleged mistresses of the esteemed Senator were included in the article, though they weren't identified by name. The pictures were blurred to hide the mistresses' identities - but you know how people are, they want to identify them anyway. Some people noticed a certain similarity between one of the pictures and a known picture of Amanda Carpenter. The picture is in the page of the National Enquirer below. Of course, they may be mistaken.
|Draw your own conclusions.|
At this point, there has been no verification if the story is accurate, or if the identification of Amanda is accurate. There have been no denials yet, either. Much remains to be... fleshed out.
|Is it a match? Decide for yourself.|
This is a developing story, and much remains to be disclosed and uncovered. However, there is no question at all that Amanda Carpenter is a legendary Senate aide who went way above and beyond the ordinary scope of an aide's duties.
Carpenter had this to say on CNN about the story the morning after it appeared:
“What’s out there is tabloid trash. If someone wants a comment on it, they can talk to my lawyer. It is categorically false. You should be ashamed for spreading this kind of smut. Donald Trump supporters should be held to account for it, and I will not be intimidated by it.”Regarding the "tabloid trash," it is widely believed that the publisher of the National Enquirer was a supporter of the man against whom Senator Cruz was running for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump. So, just to cover all the angles, one must consider the source.
|Amanda Carpenter, on the left, denouncing the National Enquirer story.|
Let's move beyond the National Enquirer story. Some commentators have pointed out certain coincidences between Amanda Carpenter and Ted Cruz. Both, for instance, showed off an identical tattoo on the same morning, and Ted was conspicuously without his jacket that morning whilst Amanda was rather ostentatiously wearing a man's jacket, as she herself tweeted out of picture of herself wearing it. She also posted (at 5:22 a.m. that morning) that Ted was in a "good mood."
I always keep tabs on my boss' moods before sunrise, too - but then, I'm self-employed. However, everything remains speculative about any relationship between Amanda and her boss at this point, and the denials remain firmly in place despite the odd coincidences.
|Amanda and Ted both showing off matching tattoos on the same morning. Where is Ted's suit jacket? Hmmmmmmm.|
Naturally, people are poring over Amanda's past tweets and Instagram account to see what they can find. And, they have found things. For instance, Amanda distributed a selfie of herself in a hotel room a couple of years ago.
So far, so good. Amanda characterized the moment as "Test driving tonight's look," as you can see below.
All right, again, so far so good. Amanda's a pretty girl, and about to have a nice night out whilst away from home. She's a hard worker, she deserves a night out! Lovely women should be treated right.
However, given recent controversies, people have taken a closer look at the photo. And, they noticed some things. Specifically, things lying on the bed beside her.
You should draw your own conclusion about what is lying on the bed next to Amanda Carpenter before her big night out on her business trip. Some theorize that it might be mints. Others, that it is two packs of condoms. It also might be packs of gums. Or maybe her Senate badge.
Now, there's nothing wrong with condoms. In fact, unprotected sex with someone who is not your regular partner is to be discouraged. Safe sex!
Of course, Amanda was married at the time, with a family. Others also noticed that she wasn't wearing a wedding ring in the picture. She helpfully was holding her ring finger up in a very noticeable way. Go look for yourself. See a ring? Maybe you do. I don't.
Amanda herself since has deleted the photo from her account and claimed on Twitter that her account had been hacked and people had substituted photoshopped pictures on it. Maybe it was hacked and the post was manufactured by her enemies and remained on her account for... a long time. I did not know that Senate aides had such bitter enemies, but then, I'm not a legend. No need to argue about this one way or the other: decide for yourself. This is just a fun look at a media superstar and what happens when someone becomes a subject of scrutiny.
On to another Amanda moment.
Amanda remains in the public eye since moving on from her Senate aide position. For example, apparently referencing the above photos of Melania Trump wearing high heels while heading to Air Force One to survey Hurricane Harvey damage on August 29, 2017, Amanda sent out a helpful tweet:
Someone tell Melania that she might want a pair of rain boots.So, among all her other accomplishments in life, we can add fashion critic to Amanda's resume. Melania indeed changed into Adidas sneakers during the flight to Texas, so Amanda was performing a useful public service in making the suggestion.
Okay, onto the videotape, as they (used to) say. The first video below is particularly amusing, because Amanda Carpenter discusses how appropriate it is to cover alleged infidelities by Presidential candidates due to the potential consequences.