Constitutional lawyer and conservative talk radio legend Mark Levin typically refers to FOX News as the Trump Super PAC, and with good reason. The vast majority of their on-air talent are overtly pro-Trump. Numerous FOX hosts echoed the Trump campaign’s lie that Ted Cruz was behind a Facebook ad targeted to women Utah done by a super PAC completely unaffiliated with him.
But that pales in comparison to the way the hosts at FOX and Friends allowed Trump to smear Ted Cruz on Tuesday as voting in the Indiana Primary was beginning. Prior to the Trump candidacy, the show reportedly had a no call in guests policy. They threw that out the window and made an exception for Trump. During this morning’s appearance, the liberal New York billionaire pushed the conspiracy theory circulated by his friends at the National Enquirer that Ted Cruz’s dad is linked to the assassination of JFK.
I kid you not. (video below)
So, we have the current GOP frontrunner smearing his closest opponent with an unsubstantiated story originated by a tabloid magazine, the National Enquirer, run by one of his best friends, David Pecker.
No wonder Trump loves Pecker.
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Trump, sounding like a tin foil hat conspiracy theorist, brought up the National Enquirer unsubstantiated hit piece as fact after Ainsley Earhardt played a clip of Rafael Cruz, who is a minister, encouraging “the body of Christ,” i.e. Christians, to vote for his son. It should not be surprising that he’d say that. He’s a minister and he is campaigning for his son. Rafael Cruz added that the alternative, Trump, could lead to the destruction of America.
But, Trump didn’t like that. Not only did he attack Rafael Cruz’s First Amendment rights by angrily saying that he thinks it’s terrible that Rafael Cruz has “the right to do this,” Trump also went on to state as fact that National Enquirer hit piece on Rafael accusing him of being linked to the assassination of JFK. Even worse is that Steve Doocy had a smirk on his face during this entire, ridiculous accusation and Brian Kilmeade nodded his head in agreement.
Ainsley Earhardt: Does that resonate with the folks in Indiana?
Donald Trump: I think it’s a disgrace that he’s allowed to do it. I think it’s a disgrace that he’s allowed to say it. You know, I’m backed by, um, I’m backed by…if you look at Jerry Falwell, Jr. and you look at so many of the ministers that are backing me and they’re backing me more so than they’re backing Cruz and I’m winning the evangelical vote and it’s disgraceful that his father can go out and do that. And so many people are angry about it. The evangelicals are angry about it the way he does that.”
Yet we’re supposed to believe that Trump believes in and will defend the Constitution when he made it clear that if someone says something he doesn’t like it is disgraceful that they ‘have the right to say it.
After these statements attack Rafael Cruz’s right to speak, Trump unleashed the tin-foil hat conspiracy theory.
Trump: His [Ted Cruz] father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald 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, I mean they don’t even talk about that that was reported and nobody talks about it but I think it’s horrible. I think it’s absolutely horrible that a man can go and do that what he’s saying there.
You would think a supposedly reputable news outlet like FOX News would challenge Trump on this conspiracy theory put out by the National Enquirer using a circled blurred picture as “proof,” right? If you thought so, you’d be wrong.
Not only did Kilmeade nod his head in agreement, he verbally gave credibility to Trump’s conspiracy theory smear.
Kilmeade said, “There is a picture reportedly showing Rafael Cruz with Lee Harvey Oswald. I don’t know if it has been verified.”
No Kilmeade, the picture has not been verified. This is yet another case of FOX working to help Trump plant the seed of mistrust of Cruz with their viewers.
Then Trump interrupted and stated loudly, “What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting?”
You can hear Kilmeade say in agreement, “Right. Crazy.”
Yet FOX wants us to believe that they are ‘fair and balanced’ and people wonder why so many are #NeverTrump.
FOX News contributor Steven Hayes weighed in on Trump’s disturbing statement and the GOP establishment calling for Republicans to rally around him.
The GOP establishment is asking conservatives to rally around a flaky conspiracy theorist. https://t.co/1herX2nmTM
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) May 3, 2016
Jon Ward from Yahoo News also chimed in adding that this crazy talk from Trump is not worthy of a presidential campaign.
a.) Trump’s comment about Cruz’s father and JFK is literally crazy talk & not worthy of a presidential campaign https://t.co/lqra3qdQef
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) May 3, 2016
But hey, Trump pushed this conspiracy theory, again put out by his buddy, Pecker, FOX took it as gospel with the hosts nodding in agreement, and now Lee Harvey Oswald is trending on Twitter.
Then again, that pretty much sums up Trump’s entire campaign, the lies he has told and character assassinations he has done to smear his opponents. It’s who he is.
WATCH Trump push conpsiracy theory about Ted Cruz’s father being connected to JFK’s assassination.