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A Stupid, Fact-Free Accusation from a Stupid, Fact-Free Candidate

From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:

Behold, ladies and gentlemen, the Republican Party frontrunner:

Donald Trump on Tuesday alleged that Ted Cruz’s father was with John F. Kennedy’s assassin shortly before he murdered the president, parroting a National Enquirer story claiming 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, which pointed out numerous flaws in the Enquirer story, that it was “another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage.”

“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said Tuesday during a phone interview with Fox News. “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 — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” Trump continued. “It’s horrible.”

The Miami Herald notes, with almost comical understatement, “The explosive suggestion that Cruz’s father would have had any affiliation with Oswald is not corroborated in any other way.

Where are the Republican elected officials willing to say, “this is stupid”? This is a stupid argument from a stupid man, too stupid to support, too stupid to serve as commander-in-chief and the leader of the free world. And if you believe that Ted Cruz’s father was tied to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, in the absence of any corroborating evidence, you’re stupid too. 

Hey, remember when we were going to see the new, mature, more presidential Donald Trump? Good times, good times. As noted before, you can’t change the style of a man with the impulse control of a toddler.

Is Ted Cruz really going to endorse Trump and support him if he’s the nominee? If your opponent said you dad had a role in killing John F. Kennedy, or sent Tweets out that your wife was ugly, would you unite behind him?

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