Just when you thought that the US 2016 Republican presidential primary couldn’t fall any lower on the rationality scale, Donald Trump resets expectations with new charges that Ted Cruz’s father was involved with Lee Harvey Oswald in the Kennedy assassination. Trump to Fox News:
I mean, what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s just horrible.
But what followed clearly rocked my sense of reality. Cruz responded:
Yes, my dad killed JFK, he is secretly Elvis, and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his backyard.
Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo Mississippi and was a natural born citizen of the United States.
A National Enquirer article indeed claims that a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald handing out leaflets for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee includes Raphael Cruz, but that was August 17, 1963, more than three months before the Kennedy assassination. An article in the Miami Herald examined the claim and reports that the photo identification is subjective.
In other election news, I got an answer to a question I’ve been wondering about, whether Hillary Clinton would make Trump’s birtherism an issue in the election: She has. In a May 1 address to the NAACP in Detroit, Clinton said:
The leading Republican contender is the man who led the insidious birther movement to discredit the President’ citizenship. And when he was asked in a national television interview to disavow David Duke and other white supremacists who are supporting his campaign, he played coy. We cannot let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into Donald Trump’s hands.