Trump Claims Cruz's Father Was Peer of JFK's Killer

Last Tuesday, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump unveiled his most shocking allegation yet. He claimed that Ted Cruz's father was with John F. Kennedy's assassin shortly before he murdered the president.

He repeated a National Enquirer story alleging 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 that it was "another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage."

During a phone interview with Fox News, Trump said “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.” Trump went on to say, “I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.”

Rafael Cruz rebuked Trump at the pulpit in a video obtained by Fox News where he says, “I implore, I exhort every member of the body of Christ to vote according to the word of God and vote for the candidate that stands on the word of God and on the Constitution of the United States of America. And I am convinced that man is my son, Ted Cruz. The alternative could be the destruction of America.”

Trump was asked to respond to Rafael Cruz's rebuke, and he said “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. 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. 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.”

Trump added, “I think it's absolutely horrible that a man can go and do that, what he's saying there.”

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