Donald Trump is touting an unsubstantiated supermarket tabloid story accusing GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz's father of associating with JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the 1963 slaying.
In a telephone interview with Fox News' "Fox & Friends"
Tuesday — when voters in Indiana go to the polls in a primary contest — the GOP front-runner decried that the National Enquirer allegation against Cuban-born Rafael Cruz isn't being widely discussed.
"His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being, you know, shot," Trump railed. "I mean the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this? Right? Prior to his being shot. And nobody even brings it up. I mean, they don't even talk about that — that was reported. And nobody talks about it."
The Enquirer last month published a photo showing Oswald and another man distributing pro-Castro leaflets in New Orleans in August 1963, a few months before the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The tabloid claims the second man is Rafael Cruz — an accusation the Cruz campaign refutes and the Miami Herald
reports has not been corroborated.
The Enquirer also triggered a firestorm in March with allegations of the Texas lawmaker's marital infidelities — charges some of the women and Cruz himself flatly denied
"Trump is detached from reality, and his false, cheap, meaningless comments every day indicate his desperation to get attention and willingness to say anything to do so," spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said in a statement, The Washington Post
"We are campaigning on jobs freedom and security while Trump campaigns on false tabloid garbage. And the media is willfully enabling him to cheapen the value of our democratic process."
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