Trump Says That Cruz’s Father Was Seen With Lee Harvey Oswald Before JFK Assassination

By Giuliana Manca
Giuliana Manca
Giuliana Manca
May 3, 2016 Updated: May 4, 2016

Republican presidential frontrunner, Donald J. Trump, has connected his political opponent with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Speaking with Fox News via telephone on May 3, Trump notes that Senator Ted Cruz’s father, Pastor Rafael B. Cruz, was pictured with Lee Harvey Oswald “shortly” before Kennedy’s death. 

The magazine claims to have obtained a photo that shows the senior Cruz distributing pro-Fidel Castro leaflets with Oswald in New Orleans, Louisiana, three months before JFK’s 1963 assassination.

“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.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20:  Evangelical Christian pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' Policy Conference at the Omni Shoreham hotel June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Led by the Christian political activist Ralph Reed, the coalition heard from conservative politicians who are courting religious conservatives as they eye a run for the White House.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Evangelical Christian pastor Rafael Cruz addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s ‘Road to Majority’ Policy Conference at the Omni Shoreham hotel June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump repeated and gave credence to allegations made by the National Enquirer in their April 20 issue. 

“Disturbing photographic evidence,” secured exclusively by the magazine allegedly depicts the senior Cruz distributing pro-Fidel Castro leaflets with Oswald in New Orleans, Louisiana three months before JKF’s 1963 assassination.

“Top D.C. insiders” confirmed to the National Enquirer the man in their photographs is indeed Ted Cruz’s father.

“This is another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage,” said Alice Stewart, communications director for the junior Cruz’s presidential campaign, to The Miami Herald. “It’s embarrassing that anyone would enable Trump to discuss this.” 

At a campaign event in Indiana, Cruz responded sarcastically to the claims: “Yes, my dad killed JFK, he is secretly Elvis, and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his backyard.”

Rafael Cruz—a Cuban-born Canadian-American Evangelical preacher—became a topic of conversation when Fox News played an April 25 clip of the pastor speaking in support of his son.

During which Rafael said: “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.” 

“I am convinced that man is my son, Ted Cruz. The alternative could be the destruction of America,” said Rafael when speaking to the American Family Association of Indiana.

Giuliana Manca
Giuliana Manca