Donald Trump isn’t the first.
While the front-running candidate’s fact-free claim that Ted Cruz’s father once associated with accused assassin Lee Oswald, has provoked criticism, at least five previous inhabitants of the Oval Office have expressed strong opinions related to the Kennedy assassination story.
- The assassination of JFK prompted former president Harry Truman to call for the abolition of the CIA.
- President Lyndon Johnson publicly endorsed the official theory that a “lone gunman” had killed his predecessor. Privately LBJ “never believed” Oswald acted alone.
- Richard Nixon obsessed about “the Bay of Pigs thing,” which aides thought might be a coded reference to JFK’s death. In a tense 1971 meeting, Nixon told CIA director Richard Helms he didn’t care “Who shot John.”
- Gerald Ford, as a member of the Warren Commission, edited the description of JFK’s back wound in the commission’s final report to bolster the so-called “single bullet theory,” more than the evidence warranted
- Bill Clinton, campaigning for president in 1992, said he believed JFK was killed by a conspiracy. When he moved into the White House, he changed his mind.
Clinton oversaw the implementation of the JFK Records Act, which led to the release of some 4 million pages of government records on the assassination. These records are transforming public understanding of the events of 1963.
You can search many of these records at MaryFerrell.org