Trump: Cruz's Dad Hung Out With Lee Harvey Oswald
Cruz camp says claim is 'garbage'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2016 11:10 AM CDT
Updated May 3, 2016 11:48 AM CDT
Rafael Cruz in Altoona, Pa., on April 13, 2016.   (JD Cavrich/Altoona Mirror via AP)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump's latest is a wilder-than-usual attack on Ted Cruz: Trump says Cruz's father was in the company of Lee Harvey Oswald just months before Oswald shot John F. Kennedy in 1963. His comments are based on a National Enquirer story that claims a previously unidentified man photographed with Oswald handing out leaflets in support of Fidel Castro in New Orleans is actually Rafael Cruz. The report cites "experts" who reviewed photos of Rafael Cruz from the time period and found he "looks to be the same person" as Oswald's companion, per the Miami Herald. "What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald?" Trump says, per Politico. "It's horrible."

Though Rafael Cruz admits to once supporting Castro, he says he was "duped" and didn't know Castro was a Communist. A Cruz rep says it's "another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage" (the Enquirer has endorsed Trump) and "that is not Rafael in the picture." Still, Trump's criticisms don't stop there. He also slams Cruz's father for urging evangelicals to vote for his son. "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 I am convinced that man is my son," Rafael Cruz says in a Facebook video, per the Washington Examiner. "It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that," Trump tells Fox News. (The National Enquirer claims Cruz had five mistresses.)