A Fox News alert you won’t see: Ted Cruz’s father didn’t kill JFK

cruz1One thing the 2016 election has brought is a plethora of conspiracy theories.  One of those is the theory that Ted Cruz’s father played a role in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Based all on an old grainy black and white photo of someone who could look like Raphael Cruz.

Naturally, the conspiracy-mongers went nuts with it and it ended up on the pages of the National Enquirer, the same rag that put forward the claim that Ted Cruz had affairs with as many as five separate women.

But it turns out the whole thing is a hoax.  No surprise there, really.

Chron.com reported:

The publican offers a single blurry black-and-white photo of Kennedy’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, standing beside another man in Dallas three months before the assassination. That man, the Enquirer wrote, is Cruz’s father. And for anyone who may think it looks awfully like a random man, the Enquirer offers that “top D.C. insiders” confirmed that “the man in the photograph is indeed Rafael!” Because apparently sources yell at the Enquirer.

The internet swiftly debunked this absurd claim, honing in on the fact that no actual evidence was cited. Rafael Cruz doesn’t even work near Washington D.C., so why would the insiders there be consulted to identify a vintage photo of him in Dallas?

A friend alerted me to the photo and I began an initial inquiry.  Snopes — a site I’ve had issues with before — basically corroborated what I found:

Once again, the WMR’s [Wayne Madsen Report] author doesn’t explain how he could possibly know that the unidentified person standing near Lee Harvey Oswald in these photographs was actually a Cuban (other than by assuming he’s Rafael Cruz), nor does he identify the “source” who informed him that the “individual to Oswald’s left is none other than Rafael Cruz.” (By the standards of “evidence” used in typical WMR items, someone’s saying, “Hey, the dude in that blurry Oswald photo looks kinda like Ted Cruz’s dad” counts as a “source.”)

WMR also doesn’t explain how it could possibly be of any significance that Rafael Cruz, Sr. and his wife once lived in Dallas, given that they moved out of that city in November 1962, a full year before the JFK assassination, and more than six months before President Kennedy even decided he would be visiting Texas in November 1963. Evidently the conspiracy in which Cruz and Oswald were involved was so vast, they were able to predict the movements of President Kennedy several months before Kennedy himself planned them.

Unless, of course, Cruz was abducted by aliens with time-travel capability and replicated so he could be in two places at once…

Needless to say, this is one Fox News Alert you won’t see…


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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