Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses over the Cruz campaign’s admission that it helped spread a rumor that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race:

The thought here is that Carson votes went to Cruz after the rumor was started and that it only took a small number of voters per caucus site to give Cruz the win.

CNN had reported that Carson was taking a break from the campaign before the caucus even started, which is where Cruz’s campaign allegedly first heard the story (note the countdown clock at the bottom-left):

Cruz went on to apologize to Carson over spreading the rumor:

Trump also hit Cruz over the controversial mailer designed to “shame” voters into caucusing:

Our coverage of the mailer story:

Daughter claims Ted Cruz’s vote shaming mailer gave her dead mother an ‘F’

Disabled woman who can’t caucus this year calls Ted Cruz a ‘bully’ after getting named on his mailer

Ted Cruz says he’ll use every tool he can, including controversial ‘vote shaming’ mailer

Update. Trump added another tweet after we published the post:

Update 2. Oh boy: