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GOP nominee after victory: I notice no one in the Cruz camp denied Enquirer story about his father
Hotair ^ | 05/04/2016 | AllahPundit

Posted on 05/04/2016 12:43:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

He stood by yesterday’s comments not just in his interview with Stephanopoulos, as you’ll see below, but in the Today show interview that Ed blogged earlier. (Skip to 2:50 of the first clip here.) I don’t know if there’s anything more to say than what Kevin Williamson said to Republican voters last night about the race to come: “Remember, you asked for this.”

I’ll say something. First, Cruz did deny Trump’s insinuation about his dad and Oswald. He called it “nuts.” Second, Trump probably cares less about alienating Cruz and his fan base than about preserving the Enquirer’s reputation as a trash tabloid that nonetheless publishes newsworthy stories from time to time and therefore deserves the benefit of the doubt even on seemingly outlandish claims. No doubt he’s going to use the paper as a pipeline for hit pieces on Hillary. (Team Hillary, if they’re smart, will woo a rival checkout-counter tabloid and use that as a conduit for hit pieces on Trump in order to reach the same audience.)

He could have done that here, though, by praising the Enquirer but also saying that perhaps everyone had been too credulous about the old photo with Oswald and that he’d only mentioned it because he was wounded by what Rafael Cruz had said about him. He complimented Cruz last night in his victory speech as a smart, tough competitor; it’s weird and goofy to go on antagonizing him this morning as the presumptive nominee, knowing that Cruz is one of the few people in the party whose support might make some embittered conservatives reconsider their opposition to him. But we needn’t grasp for strategic explanations. Trump probably refused to apologize because he’s (a) too much of a narcissist to admit wrong, even when he stands to gain by doing so, and (b) a conspiracy theorist by disposition. He might actually believe the Enquirer story. Why would he walk it back?

And in fairness to him, his instinct that he won’t pay any political price for pushing stuff like this may well be right. I already confessed my grievous error this morning in ever believing righties were too smart and principled to buy what Trump is selling. The Lyle Lanley of the GOP knew better. Now he’s doubling down, betting that there’s a deep, hungry market for the Trump monorail among the general electorate too. You’d be a fool to bet against him at this point. Three clips for you then, one of his chat with Stephanopoulos, another from his chat with Hannity yesterday in which he insisted that the Enquirer wouldn’t have published the Oswald photo if they had reason to think they might be sued (which went unchallenged by Hannity, of course), and a third of Jake Tapper deluding himself into believing that Americans would prefer facts when they could have sensational lies instead.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; cruzfather; leeharveyoswald; nationalenquirer; rafaelcruz; trump
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1 posted on 05/04/2016 12:43:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Hmmm. I never denied that my father assassinated Kennedy. Or McKinley for that matter. He didn’t, but should I respond to every crazy allegation?


2 posted on 05/04/2016 12:47:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

Holy cow - calling it ‘nuts’ is not denying it!


3 posted on 05/04/2016 12:47:53 PM PDT by cymbeline
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To: SeekAndFind

Its time to stop attacking the “Cruz camp”.


4 posted on 05/04/2016 12:48:20 PM PDT by AndyTheBear
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To: SeekAndFind

Good lord.

I really hoped that I was wrong about him.

“It was just the stress of the campaign” I said.

“Crazy things get said in the heat of the battle” I said.

Nope. He’s still going. I guess my feelings of disappointment mean I want Hillary to win.


5 posted on 05/04/2016 12:51:15 PM PDT by nitzy (I don't vote for Republican'ts)
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To: SeekAndFind

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It disturbed me that he saw his VP fall and ignored it..
did nothing to try to help. What man does that???

(I put a lengthy video of the whole thing in slow mo and it certainly looked like he saw her fall- just ignored her)

This is the last blast I’ll aim at Cruz. He’s out and we need to get over our anger and set a record Repub turnout in Nov. We CAN beat the criminal Hillary. VOTE

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6 posted on 05/04/2016 12:51:33 PM PDT by patriot08 (5th generation Texan ...(girl type) ANGRY? REFUSE TO VOTE?= HELLO HILLARY!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t specifically state he never had an affair or cheated on Heidi either.

Just said the story was garbage - meaning whatever he wanted it to mean.


8 posted on 05/04/2016 12:53:47 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (BREAKING.... Vulgarian Resistance begins attack on the GOPe Death Star.....)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'll say this much... the story reminds me of when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first became president of Iran and photos emerged from the Iran Hostage crisis that had a dead-ringer for him as one of the hostage takers.

It seemed as if our own government wanted to disavow the story so they wouldn't have to deal with the ramifications.

-PJ

9 posted on 05/04/2016 12:54:00 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Title is inaccurate. Communications Director Alice Stewart said, “The story is false; that is not Rafael in the picture.”


10 posted on 05/04/2016 12:54:15 PM PDT by llmc1 (#NeverDem)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is completely ridiculous and once again a non-issue. Trump should have let it go. The picture in the stupid rag was from a New Orleans event where LHO was handing out pro-Catro flyers and supposedly Raphael Cruz was standing in the picture. The MSM (and Ted) seems to have taken the approach that Trump personally wrote the article, took the picture himself in 1963, and then placed Raphael at LHO's side in the sniper's nest in Dallas, helping LHO aim the rifle.

Trump was wrong, but Ted protesteth too much.

Facial recognition experts could tell right away if it was Raphael or not. If it IS him, then more questions can be asked, and should be. If it is NOT HIM, who cares?

Nice shot about venereal disease though! Good one, Ted!

11 posted on 05/04/2016 12:57:49 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is a non-issue now.


12 posted on 05/04/2016 12:59:19 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://moonbattery.com/?p=71696

http://moonbattery.com/?p=71662


13 posted on 05/04/2016 1:01:58 PM PDT by pookie18
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, Rush denied it, so there!

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14 posted on 05/04/2016 1:02:43 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: nickcarraway
Hmmm. I never denied that my father assassinated Kennedy. Or McKinley for that matter. He didn’t, but should I respond to every crazy allegation?

You and the word 'crazy' have an intimate relationship.
15 posted on 05/04/2016 1:03:55 PM PDT by mkjessup (Either get on the Trump train, or be left at the station. The only other train is Hillary. CHOOSE.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Most Freepers don't seem to believe Oswald had anything to do with the assassination of JFK*. So, why so many postings about whether Cruz' father met with some patsy?

*Don't include me. I believe Oswald did it alone.

16 posted on 05/04/2016 1:05:13 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ('''Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small''~ Theodore Dalrymple)
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To: mkjessup

I know. That’s what liberals always say about conservatives. meanwhile, you can’t actually give a reason I am crazy.


17 posted on 05/04/2016 1:05:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: dforest
There is truth I believe to the fact Cruz’s old man knew and associated with Oswald.

I don't doubt that you do.

If Trump claimed to have slept with the Loch Ness monster, the majority of Trumpers would not only believe him, they would rationalize reasons why having sex with an imaginary pre-historic reptilian sea monster was both conservative and presidential.

18 posted on 05/04/2016 1:06:21 PM PDT by dead
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To: SeekAndFind

Was that Cruz’ father with Oswald or not? I haven’t seen the answer to that.


19 posted on 05/04/2016 1:07:02 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: dead

Yeah whatever dude.

I really would not agree with you.

Ted was more likly to have slept with the Loch Ness monster. Carly maybe?

Either way, stupid post on your part.


20 posted on 05/04/2016 1:09:15 PM PDT by dforest (Ted took your money and is laughing all the way to Goldman Sachs)
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