In first day as nominee, Trump revives unsubstantiated accusation against Cruz’s father

From The Washington Post:

The celebrity mogul set about — unprompted — to refute charges put forward by Cruz earlier in the week that he had attacked the senator’s wife and father, Heidi and Rafael, during the GOP primary. Regarding the accusations against Rafael Cruz, Trump said that he had merely referred to a story in the National Enquirer, whose credibility he commended.

“All I did was point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer were was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast,” Trump said, referring to the man who shot Kennedy.

Trump spent much of his first news conference since accepting the nomination re-litigating his primary fight with Cruz, of Texas, whose bitter refusal to endorse the celebrity mogul this week cast doubts on the party’s attempts to unify before the general election. It was an abrupt return to form for the GOP nominee, who had delivered a lengthy and disciplined speech from prepared remarks at the convention but was unscripted and more free-wheeling Friday.

The episode showcased how Trump has struggled to move beyond the hard-fought primary, dwelling on those fights even as his campaign prepares for a general election fight against Democrat Hillary Clinton. He still regularly boasts about his victories on the campaign trail and occasional falls back into mocking his vanquished rivals.

“I’m saying just to clear this up,” Trump told reporters and supporters in attendance Friday. “I didn’t do anything.”

“I just had to clear it up, I think I’m doing the right thing in doing it, but I had to do it,” he said.

The Oswald controversy first emerged earlier this year when Trump pointed to a sensationalized National Enquirer story suggesting …

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