Tag Archive for Donald Trump

Secret JFK records will test conspiratorial Trump 

Whatever the contested legitimacy of the Trump presidency, the White House needs to make a decision on JFK secrecy within the year.

Source: Secret JFK Records to Test Conspiratorial Trump | Alternet

 

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Journalistic failure, from JFK to Trump

In response to Peter’s post about the media failure in the 2016 election, Larry writes:

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What does the JFK story mean in the Age of Trump?

Gavin writes:

“The assassination of JFK matters because the political system in America has never restored the trust lost in it through its continued promotion of the official version of events (lone gunman etc), right up to the present day.”

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Meet Roger Stone, Trump’s JFK conspiracy guru

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Roger Stone, Trump adviser and JFK theoretician

The next president has at least one thing in common with his predecessor, John F. Kennedy: a taste for the conquest of women.

In JFK’s day this was regarded, by men and women alike, as inevitable, permissible, and no one’s business, at least among wealthy white males. Kennedy came to the White House in 1960 exercising the droit de seigneur of the French aristocratic court. The king could have any woman he pleased and she should be pleased to be gotten. We can be sure that JFK spoke often of grabbing them by the you know what. Read more

Donald Trump, shapeshifter 

We no longer have a public, but rather multiple publics, each reinforcing its own preconceived notions.

Source: Donald Trump, Shapeshifter : Democracy Journal

How We Got Here: Somebody Got Away with Something

TrumpHow did we get to the point where the American electorate might turn over the most powerful office in the history of the world to an egomaniacal and erractically successful businessman who is manifestly uninterested in many of the issues a president has to do deal with?

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Attacking Trump’s JFK theories, the New York Times neglects the facts

The disturbing shadow of John F. Kennedy’s assassination remains visible in American politics and journalism.

Witness the appearance of Roger Stone, adviser to Donald Trump, at a symposium on Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans, which drew the attention of the New York Times (and the pro-Clinton attack group Media Matters.)

“At a time when talk of having lost the country is very much in vogue, along with deep suspicions of a powerful and secretive elite, the symposium seemed remarkably of the moment,” writes reporter Campbell Robertson.

Of course, reporting on how fears of secret power are driving the discourse of the 2016 presidential election is an eminently timely and worthy subject. But reporting is what Robertson failed to do. Instead of learning the latest JFK facts, Times readers were served a birthday cake. Read more

The hazards of running a JFK joint in the era of Trump

Two JFK Facts commenters have recently criticized me personally, and I feel the need to respond. I know an editor should have a thick skin but a season of succesful conspiracy theorizing has opened up the real possibility that U.S. nuclear codes will soon be delivered into the hands of a racist buffoon. I’m feeling a little touchy.

So let me dispatch with these theories and theorists.

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Oswald in New Orleans: Was he a psycho or the target of CIA psychological warfare?

Oswald in New Orleans

Lee Oswald in New Orleans, August 16, 1963

Fifty three years ago today, Lee Oswald, a self-taught leftist, a former Marine Corps radio operator, and a fluent speaker of Russian, handed out pamphlets for the pro-Castro Fair Play for Cuba Committee in New Orleans. Read more

Trump and the anxiety of assassination

Donald Trump’s comments about the 2nd Amendment and Hillary Clinton have unleashed the anxiety of assassination that always–always–courses beneath the surface of American political culture. This anxiety is the enduring result of the searing trauma of November 22, 1963 on generations of Americans. Before there was 9/11 there was 11//22.

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How the CIA abets Trump’s JFK conspiracy mongering

The assassination of JFK  is a meme that has eclipsed the historical event. Donald Trump’s contention that Ted Cruz’s father was somehow involved in the death of the liberal president not only endures but flourishes online and redounds to the benefit of its authors. Why?

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Would it make any difference if we knew who killed JFK?

Pablo asks a good question:

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Who was that with Oswald (since it wasn’t Ted Cruz’s dad)?

In an incisive piece in Washington Decoded, Tim Brennan contributes some useful details to understanding the photograph that Donald Trump used to falsely and absurdly accuse Ted Cruz’s father of involvement in the assassination of President Kennedy.

Forget about the Trumpian BS, says Brennan, and focus on the known facts.

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Trump’s lame conspiracy theories about practically everything

NPR:

Donald Trump’s ceaseless efforts to inject unsubstantiated plots into the American political debate.

 

What would President Trump do about JFK records?

Once again Donald Trump is frazzling the custodians of civil discourse. His use of an unfounded JFK conspiracy theory to jab now-defeated rival Ted Cruz is much lamented on the internet. Trump’s “pants are on fire.” Trump “refuses to apologize.” Trump is peddling “tabloid garbage.”

Which is all pretty much true. As JFK Facts said first–and a good USA Today story confirms–there is no factual or historical basis for the claim Trump is repeating. Read more