On Tuesday, Donald Trump lofted a pretty nuts idea during an interview with Fox News that he believes Ted Cruz's dad, Rafael, helped Lee Harvey Oswald plot the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Politico reports.
Rafael Cruz was allegedly recognized in a photo handing out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets with Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans in August 1963, just a few months before JFK's November assassination by Oswald. Of course, this all comes from a National Enquirer story, and we all know how chummy Trump and the Enquirer are.
The photo was unearthed from the Warren Commission's report on JFK's assassination, but Cruz campaign communications director, Alice Stewart, guaranteed the Miami Herald that the Enquirer's got the wrong man, and Rafael isn't the person pictured.
It's just "another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage," Stewart told the Herald.
The Enquirer, on the other hand, says it hired photo specialists to analyze actual photos of Rafael Cruz participating in a pro-Castro rally in 1959 with the picture of Oswald in August of '63. The paper insists it's unmistakably Ted Cruz's father.
"There's more similarity than dissimilarity … it looks to be the same person, and I can say as much with a high degree of confidence," said Enquirer source Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos.
Rafael Cruz did support Castro, distribute pro-Castro propaganda, and was a devoted Marxist, but that doesn't necessarily mean he snapped one day and sought to murder the president.
Trump, during his Tuesday phoner with Fox, said that Cruz's dad "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," Trump went on. "What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It's horrible."