Trump is, right now, trying to tie Cruz to the Kennedy assassination.
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) May 3, 2016
During an appearance this morning on “Fox and Friends,” GOP front-runner Donald Trump linked Rafael Cruz, father of Senator Ted Cruz, to John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
Lots to unpack in Trump's suggestion that Rafael Cruz was involved w/ Lee Harvey Oswald "shortly before the death." pic.twitter.com/t3ZnZzVO3e
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) May 3, 2016
Trump is citing a recent story that ran in the National Enquirer that accused Rafael Cruz of allegedly meeting with Oswald in New Orleans in 1963 shortly before Kennedy’s assassination:
— National Enquirer (@NatEnquirer) April 20, 2016
From the Enquirer:
There is no confirmation, however, that the person in the photo is Rafael Cruz and according to the Miami Herald, Rafael Cruz wasn’t even in New Orleans in 1963:
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.’”
Exit question: Does Ted Cruz still think Trump is “terrific”?
when Trump says things about Cruz's dad hanging w Lee Harvey Oswald, mind races back to when Cruz liked to call Trump "terrific"
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) May 3, 2016