Donald Trump on Tuesday alleged that Ted Cruz’s father was with John F. Kennedy’s assassin shortly before he murdered the president, parroting a National Enquirer story claiming that Rafael Cruz was pictured with Lee Harvey Oswald handing out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets in New Orleans in 1963.
A Cruz campaign spokesperson told the Miami Herald, which pointed out numerous flaws in the Enquirer story, that it was “another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage.”
“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said Tuesday during a phone interview with Fox News. “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”
“I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” Trump continued. “It’s horrible.”
Trump actually used the National Enquirer as a source for his claim. And he actually made the claim. He wasn’t the least bit worried that going around saying Cruz’ father was in on the JFK plot would be an unwise thing to do.
And Fox News actually put him on their air, over the phone, so he could make that claim. This is what happens when you allow him to do phone interviews rather than live interviews like every other candidate has to do.
Of course, Fox is happy. An unhinged troglodyte playing with matches and dynamite on their air is good for ratings. Next they’ll put a baby in the tiger cage at the zoo and show it live.
Trump wasn’t done, by the way. Fox showed a video clip of Rafael Cruz at a pulpit (he’s a minister), imploring voters to vote for his son because he’s a religious man, and the alternative could be the destruction of America. That might be something of a minority view, but there are lots of evangelical Christians who believe America is wicked and will fall if it doesn’t return to God. Trannies in ladies’ rooms might support that argument, which is a bit beyond the scope of this post.
Trump’s response? A full frontal assault on the 1st Amendment, naturally.
Asked to respond, Trump called it a disgrace. “I think it’s a disgrace that he’s allowed to do it. I think it’s a disgrace that he’s allowed to say it,” he said, before touting his support from Jerry Falwell Jr. and other evangelical leaders.
“You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they’re backing me more so than they’re backing Cruz, and I’m winning the evangelical vote,” Trump continued. “It’s disgraceful that his father can go out and do that. And just — and so many people are angry about it. And the evangelicals are angry about it, the way he does that.”
“But I think it’s horrible,” he added. “I think it’s absolutely horrible that a man can go and do that, what he’s saying there.”
No, actually the correct response is “I disagree completely, but I will fight to the death for his right to say what he said. This is a free country, after all.”
Which would never, ever occur to Trump.
Tonight we’ll know whether Trump can be stopped from winning the Republican nomination. If Cruz can beat him in Indiana, the fight continues. If he can’t, it’s hopeless.
And it will be hopeless. You can’t win an election with a crazy man who accuses people of assassinating JFK just because they happen to be Cuban.