Video: Trump promotes debunked conspiracy theory that Ted Cruz’s father involved in JFK assassination

Trump-CruzWhile appearing on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning, GOP front-runner Donald Trump promoted a now-debunked tinfoil-hat conspiracy that Rafael Cruz — Ted Cruz’s father — played a minor role in the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.

Sadder still, the talking heads at the Trump super PAC known as Fox News didn’t even question Trump’s allegation, even though it had been thoroughly debunked.

Here’s video of the exchange:

The comment sparked a great deal of discussion on Twitter and even launched a trending hashtag.

Here’s a transcript:



Here’s the National Enquirer tweet:

There’s a good reason for that — it’s a lie, and has been thoroughly debunked.

Here’s what the Enquirer (which, by the way, is run by someone who endorsed Trump) had to say:

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s Cuban-born dad was caught on camera in New Orleans — alongside Lee Harvey Oswald — just three months before the assassin killed President John F. Kennedy!

There’s only one problem.  Cruz wasn’t even in the city at the time:

But Gus Russo, an author and journalist who has written extensively about the JFK assassination and Oswald, is dubious. Russo told McClatchy in an interview that Oswald, who was living in New Orleans in 1963, was not connected to the Cuban community there and would not have had a Cuban supporter helping him. “He was the ultimate loner,” said Russo. Another man seen in the video handing out leaflets had been hired by Oswald to do so at an unemployment office, according to the Warren Commission. Rafael Cruz also lived in New Orleans, but it was later in the 1960s.

As for the photo “evidence,” Russo said, “It’s very subjective. It’s not proof. It’s just an opinion. To charge something this big, you’d better have better proof than that ‘it looks like him.’”

Facts can oftentimes be inconvenient…  Especially if one is trying to smear an opponent…

Here’s more responses:

My personal favorites came from Caleb Howe, who, in my humble opinion, won the Internet by observing the following:



Personally, I think the National Enquirer missed the real story, which involves Cruz and the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden




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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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