Trump claims that Ted Cruz’s father helped to assassinate JFK

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On the eve of the crucial Indiana primary, Donald Trump went on Fox News today to accuse Rafael Cruz, the father of Ted Cruz, of involvement in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy more than 40 years ago. As Trump put it:

“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. 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? It’s horrible.”

The basis for that extraordinary claim is a grainy photograph of Oswald in 1963 in New Orleans, where he is distributing pro-Castro literature on the street.  An unidentified man in the background — also apparently distributing leaflets — has somehow been identified as Rafael Cruz by the National Enquirer, the same publication that had previously published a garbage report claiming that Ted Cruz had multiple unnamed mistresses.

There is no evidence to substantiate the charge against Rafael Cruz. There is no evidence that Cruz was in New Orleans at the time, no evidence that he was pro-Castro at the time, no evidence that he ever crossed paths with Oswald or was in any way involved in the JFK assassination. It is ludicrous.

Of course, there is also no evidence that the ludicrous nature of the claim will matter to Trump voters, who had previously been trained to believe that President Obama was born in Kenya, that a stand-down order had been issued at Benghazi so that our personnel would die there, that Obama hates America and wants to impose Sharia law and that Hillary Clinton will soon get indicted and imprisoned over her email server.  They have been conditioned to believe almost anything, as if wishing it were true makes it true, and like any grifter, Trump is quick to take advantage.

Ted Cruz, for one, was not amused:

“I’m going to do something I haven’t done for the entire campaign: …I’m going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump,” he said. “This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies, practically every word that comes out of his mouth. The man is utterly amoral; morality does not exist for him.”

I agree. Yet that man is about to be the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president of the United States.

I’ve been asked often which would be worse as our president, Cruz or Trump. My answer has always been Trump, for the reasons that Cruz describes above. Trump is unmoored, and many of his followers are equally unmoored. There is no telling where we might end up if they are put in positions of authority, and I cannot tolerate the idea of Trump within an arm’s reach of the nuclear football. Cruz, for all his many faults, is not quite that.

Let me put it another way: In an alternate universe, if Trump had somehow managed to take the Democratic nomination and Cruz the Republican nod, I would do my patriotic duty and vote for Cruz in the general election. We don’t live in that alternative universe, thank goodness, but a lot of Republicans probably think that we live in a nearby counterpart.

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St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

They never nominate somebody 'conservative enough' then they lose....and they say it's because he wasn't 'conservative enough'.....and then again they nominate somebody who's not 'conservative enough'......


in the toilet business, they call that a 'swirlie'

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Kyle on Trump:

"He's against foreign adventurism, except when he's for nuking ISIS and/or putting boots on the ground. He's for keeping Social Security intact, he just has no plan for making the math work on that. He's "a free trader," he's just for "better deals" that other countries will magically roll over and acquiesce to."

Aquagirl
Aquagirl

Should we put Kyle on suicide watch?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Boy, it sure is quiet around here this morning.  You libs still groggy from the Trump win or the Hillary loss?  Or both?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

That's why Cruz' parents had to flee to Canada! Now we know!

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Trump is so dumb, he thinks Ted Cruz's daddy helped kill President Kennedy?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

What are the odds that Jay writes anything but an anti-Trump op-ed today?

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Trump is so dumb, he thinks Obama was born in Kenya?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@TBS Would now be a good time to point out that Hillary lead Bernie in every poll in Indiana?  And, Michigan?  (pssst...don't count your chickens.  The eggs haven't hatched)

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@TBS Is this a problem, or an opportunity. As I recall though, Reagan won all but one state when he was re-elected so there is no sure bet on which way a state will go in a general.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@DownInAlbany @TBS 

We can hope... I think Bernie might be able to do better against Trump than even Clinton, because of his economic positions.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@DownInAlbany @Nick_Danger 

So, you found out about Bernie's secret plan to give the means of production to the workers? 

I mean, uh, what secret plan...     ;>)

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Well, a new day has dawned.  Who would have ever thunk that we would be in this situation?  The pubs trimmed their deep bench down to most unlikely of candidates one and the dems may be the ones headed to a contested convention!  Wow!

honested
honested

@DownInAlbany 

The republiklans find themselves stuck with a candidate that nobody wants.

The Democratic Convention will give Senator Sanders the opportunity to expand the Platform to suit the needs of more Americans leaving it to President Clinton to bring into reality!

Jhunt163
Jhunt163

@honested @DownInAlbany Bernie is favored in the next  12 primary's sending a wounded Hillary to the convention. I wonder what happens to the superdelegates, once most the remaining States start going Bernie's way?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Ba-dee, ba-dee, ba-dee, that's all, folks!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Just a quick repost from Drunk O'clock, regarding Cruz' departure, and I gots to fly awhile:


"Meanwhile the free sex baby killers will move to the front of the line."



TBS
TBS

The nominee wasn't conservative enough excuse will surely be thrown out if Trump is thumped

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Unconfirmed news reports have Ted Cruz insisting that Carly Fiorina carry her candidacy to term.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Great news. Cruz can go back to annoying his Senate colleagues.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

Mister Trump was just saying and getting folks to think. Who knows, but someone should look into it. The point here is that there's no there there - move along my Bernie McFlys, nothing to see here. LOL. Amen, Bill 

Lucas Jensen
Lucas Jensen

This is insanity. Glad he's gonna be the GOP nominee for president!

Gladys Morgan
Gladys Morgan

Hell !someone needs to ask trump "Just how many blacks did his klansman dad lynch ?"

Jeff Oziah
Jeff Oziah

I've never understood the whole Republican/Democrat thing, I'll never vote for anyone just because they belong to one party or another.

Glenda Bagley
Glenda Bagley

This is why Cruz dropped out of the race He knew Trump was going to expose his communist father and other worse things! Trump's in \U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d

Valentin Cortez
Valentin Cortez

As soon as I read the name Jay Bookman, I knew it was a garbage hitpiece

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@foo2u

Funnier yet, he wouldn't be seeing this on Facebook if he hadn't clicked "Like" on Jay's FB page.

Which is my nice way of saying Valentin is ipso facto full of excrement.

goat diddler
goat diddler

And yet here you are... you must attracted to garbage, hence your support of the Drumpf.

breckenridge
breckenridge

So Italy....the courts I suppose.....are considering that it may not be a crime to steal food from a supermarket if you are homeless and hungry.


Bootstraps baby!

rimsky
rimsky

I am so sick and tired of the primaries. 

More interested what are the lizard loafers doing now a days on the Hill.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

CNN commentator: "One thing out there the Clinton camp was really excited about was the 'woman card thing'. That raised $2.6 mil. for them." 

Sort of a Freudian slip?

Orange15
Orange15

@Donnie_Pinko @Orange15  In politics, does 2.6 million mean much especially when Donald Trump is funding his entire campaign thus far? 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@YouLibs @Donnie_Pinko @Orange15 

He certainly has used nationalist/populist themes to build and sustain a popular base for his government.

But first and foremost Putin is a representative of a section of the oligarchic class that rose to power amid the dissolution of the old Soviet Union. He represents a section of that class that broke off from the pro-Washington, pro-neoliberal free market section that ruled under Boris Yeltsin. Unlike the more pro-Washington faction, he sees, correctly, that there is no role for Russia in Washington's plans except for as a vassal state.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Donnie_Pinko @YouLibs @Orange15


You're a fan of oligarchy?


I despise oligarchy and the suffering that it brings for the common person.


I thought we at least had that in common.


"Unlike the more pro-Washington faction, he sees, correctly, that there is no role for Russia in Washington's plans except for as a vassal state. "


Fate is largely determined by the choices .we make.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@YouLibs @Donnie_Pinko @Orange15 

You're a fan of oligarchy?

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Of course not. Otherwise I would probably support Hillary Clinton, who swims in oligarchy like a fish in water. 


Fate is largely determined by the choices .we make.

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Not sure what that's supposed to mean in the context of Russia, but it sounds to me suspiciously like a nod to the right wing meme that choices have consequences and therefore those who make the wrong choices, or who have bad choices to start with, deserve no sympathy.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Donnie_Pinko @YouLibs @Orange15


Any government that isn't based on the informed consent of its people is doomed to being relegated to the trash pile of history. Some get tossed sooner than others because of egregious shortcomings.


The former Soviet Union is an excellent example.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@YouLibs @Donnie_Pinko @Orange15 

So you're saying that even if there was widespread popular support in the Soviet Union for that system of government that it doesn't count because the people were misled by propaganda? 

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Donnie_Pinko @YouLibs @Orange15


Get a job or start a company. Deal with actual human beings, not just anonymous posters.


Stop living in your mind and join us in the real world.


You are to political discussion what Hare Krishna's were to spiritual discussion in the 70's.


You live in a fantasy world that you have accepted as gospel and nothing can penetrate it.


td accepts Jesus Christ as his personal savior and prays that he can watch Him condemn you to Hell. He accepts that belief system as fervently as you believe in communism.


I watch my mind and the world around me very closely and tether myself to no belief system, though I try to glean some wisdom from all of them. Communism has a much longer history of failure than trickle down economics, by far.

goat diddler
goat diddler

The length of those failures may be unequal, but the breadth and depth of them are similar...

goat diddler
goat diddler

Donnie isn't for anything, so he has nothing to "fight" for.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Orange15 @Donnie_Pinko


I'll bet he has spent by far the least of anyone who has campaigned so far.


He builds walls and makes you pay for them.