For some inexplicable reason that only Donald Trump knows, the Republican presidential nominee, in a post-acceptance speech press conference, again stirred up the unsubstantiated rumor from the National Enquirer that Senator Ted Cruz’s father was somehow linked to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

“I know nothing about his father, I know nothing about Lee Harvey Oswald,” said Trump. “But there was a picture on the front page of the National Enquirer which does have credibility, and they’re not going to do pictures like that because they get sued for a lot of money if things are wrong. There’s a picture, and that’s the only thing I know.”

cruz jfkTrump invoked Cruz’s father during an extended rant against his former rival for failing to endorse him during the convention.

Back in May, Trump pointed to the tabloid which featured Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, pictured with Lee Harvey Oswald while handing out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets in New Orleans in 1963.

“All I did was point out that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast,” said Trump with his bewildered running-mate Mike Pence standing behind him. “Now, Ted never denied that it was his father. Instead he said, ‘Donald Trump!” — I had nothing to do with it!’ But nobody ever denied — did anyone ever deny that it was his father? It’s a little hard to do, because it looks like him.”

The GOP nominee then defended the National Enquirer for its reporting.

“This was a magazine that frankly, in many respects, should be very respected,” said Trump. “They got OJ, they got Edwards. If that was the New York Times, they would’ve gotten Pulitzer Prizes for their reporting. I’ve always said, ‘Why didn’t the National Enquirer get the Pulitzer Prize for Edwards, and OJ Simpson, and all of these things?'”

Cruz has defended his non-endorsement of Trump, stating that the GOP needs a candidate that does not “scream and yell and hurl insults.”

The social media reaction to Trump’s bizarre press conference today was brutal:

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