Republican front-runner Donald Trump is unapologetic for pushing tabloid rumors that Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's father was somehow linked to the man who killed President John F. Kennedy.
"What I was referring to was a picture that was reported and in a magazine, and I think they didn't deny it. I don't think anybody denied it," Trump said Wednesday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America."
"Now, I don't know what it was exactly," the businessman continued. "It was a major story in a major publication, and it was picked up by many other publications."
The story, as host George Stephanopoulos pointed out, was published in the National Enquirer last month as the tabloid ran a series of photos that it alleged depicted Cruz's father, Rafael, with Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans a few months before Kennedy's assassination.
"His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being — you know, shot," Trump said Tuesday during an interview on Fox News. "I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it."
Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Cruz's campaign, quickly condemned the photos as false.
"This is another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage," Stewart said. "The story is false; that is not Rafael in the picture."
On Wednesday, Trump continued to defend the National Enquirer.
"I'm just referring to an article that appeared; it has nothing to do with me," Trump said.
Cruz suspended his campaign Tuesday night after suffering a crushing loss to Trump in the Indiana GOP primary.
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