Top 4 Times Donald Trump Promoted “Fake News”

By Kody Fairfield

President-elect Donald Trump has been all over the news for not liking the news. He called out CNN’s White House correspondent for being “fake news,” and he has berated anchors and reports. He has created a climate ripe for cynicism, and by default looks to be positioning himself as the arbiter of truth. While Trump may have some validity to his claims with the likes of BuzzFeed and possibly even CNN, shouldn’t he have been this critical on himself over the years? After all, he has pushed quite a few “fake” or false news stories in his day.

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1. Rafael Cruz Helped Lee Harvey Oswald

During the heated Republican primary, Trump was full of surprises. One fascination he has was with a story out of the National Enquirer which tried to connect his rival Sen. Ted Cruz‘s father to the man who shot President Kennedy. The National Enquirer story says that a picture from 1963 shows Rafael Cruz alongside Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who shot JFK, handing out pro-Castro pamphlets in New Orleans.

Many times during the campaign, Trump could be heard parroting things about the story.

“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said during a phone interview with Fox News. “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”

“I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” Trump continued. “It’s horrible.”

Trump went as far as to claim that it was possibly true because Ted never refuted the premise.

The story was given a “pants on fire” from truth-seeking site Politifact.

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