Published on May 6th, 2016 | by Admin0
CNN’s Jake Tapper Exposes Trump Smear of Cruz
THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER
Aired May 3, 2016 – 16:00 ET
Every time you think this race cannot get any more ludicrous, it does. This latest episode started this morning when Trump cited a bizarre and completely uncorroborated report — and I use the term report loosely — in "The National Enquirer," the supermarket tabloid.
"The National Enquirer," which has endorsed Trump and is published by a friend of Trump’s, has launching smear after smear against Cruz and his family. This story shows a photograph from August 1963 of a man standing with soon-to-be-John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald handing out pro-Castro literature.
And the story suggests that the man is Cruz’s father, Rafael. Now, the problem is, there’s really no proof that the photograph is in fact Cruz’s dad, and Cruz’s dad says it’s not him. Nonetheless, Mr. Trump called into the FOX morning show this morning and said the following:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: His father with was 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. What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
TAPPER: I cannot believe I need to say the following, but here goes. There is no corroborated evidence that Ted Cruz’s father ever met Lee Harvey Oswald, or, for that matter, any other presidential assassin.
We in the media don’t talk about it because there’s no evidence of it. In fact, there is contrary evidence. Well before the picture was taken, Rafael Cruz’s sister was brutally beaten by Castro forces and Rafael Cruz had denounced the regime.
So, any suggestion that Cruz’s father played a role in the Kennedy assassination is ridiculous and, frankly, shameful. Now, that’s not an anti-Trump position or a pro-Cruz position. It’s a pro-truth position.