WASHINGTON — Donald Trump thinks Ted Cruz’s dad may have been the man on the grassy knoll.
Trump repeated unsubstantiated claims that Rafael Cruz had ties to Lee Harvey Oswald, President John F. Kennedy’s assassin, while attacking Cruz’s campaign Tuesday morning.
His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said during a Fox News phone interview. “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.”
Cruz called the claims “kooky.”
“This is nuts. This is not a reasonable position, this is kooky,” Cruz said of Trump’s comments before blasting the former reality TV star with a barrage of insults.
“Donald Trump is a serial philanderer and he boasts about it. This is not a secret. He’s proud of being a serial philanderer,” the Texas Senator said, warning how damaging it would be for America to have Trump in the White House. “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.”
Trump’s latest off-the-wall accusation parrots a recent National Inquirer claim that it had “photo evidence” showing the elder Cruz alongside Oswald.
“Ted Cruz Father Now Linked to JFK Assassination!” blared the rumor mill’s headline, a story Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart said earlier this week is “another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage.”
Trump is likely to crush Cruz in Tuesday’s Indiana primary, according to polls, a win that will all but guarantee his chances at winning the Republican nomination. But as his latest comments show, he isn’t ready to let bygones be bygones with his main rival.
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