A reporter from Time magazine asked me this week if I thought the Trump administration would be amenable to full JFK disclosure in October 2017. I said, “Just maybe.”
Some caveats are necessary. We really don’t have much idea how the Trump presidency is going to work, at least not compared to any recent president. Trump himself doesn’t seem to have a clear plan, and on relevant policy issues, like governmental secrecy, he has no fixed policy positions.
The political reality is this: If Trump wants to be seen as the president who ended government’s ongoing, fifty three year old cover-up of relevant JFK files, he has a golden opportunity.
What will President Trump do come October 26, 2017 when all of the government’s remaining JFK files are due, by law, to be made public?
My friend Bill H writes of a recent post on Donald Trump,
Jeff, that is one of the more vehement attack dog articles I have read in a long time. I chuckled at her opening sentence. But what the author had to say does not bother me nearly as much as seeing Jeff Morley redirect his focus to the “Trump is like Hitler” bandwagon. Let me know when you get back to JFK Facts.
Trump is paranoid and vindictive, and there’s a very real threat that his policies will be sculpted by his ego.
Source: Being Led by an Outright Conspiracy Theorist Like Donald Trump Puts Us All in Danger | Alternet
I agree with the author of this article.
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
In response to Peter’s post about the media failure in the 2016 election, Larry 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.”
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
We no longer have a public, but rather multiple publics, each reinforcing its own preconceived notions.
Source: Donald Trump, Shapeshifter : Democracy Journal
How 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?
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
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.
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
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.
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?
Pablo asks a good question: