While 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:
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The comment sparked a great deal of discussion on Twitter and even launched a trending hashtag.
The GOP establishment is asking conservatives to rally around a flaky conspiracy theorist. https://t.co/1herX2nmTM
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) May 3, 2016
Here’s a transcript:
Here’s the National Enquirer tweet:
— National Enquirer (@NatEnquirer) April 20, 2016
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:
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:
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 3, 2016
Ted Cruz's father shot President James Garfield. #TrumpConspiracyTheories
— Demetrius Minor (@dminor85) May 3, 2016
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…
- Photos show Ted Cruz tempted Eve in Garden of Eden and other stories the National Enquirer can use
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