Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas has drawn parallels between President Donald Trump and former President John F. Kennedy, implying the latter's assassination may have been orchestrated by the U.S. government.
Linking to an article by Jacob G. Hornberger in the Ron Paul Liberty Report, Paul posted to his Facebook page:
Which President had the following accusations cast against him:
1) He has betrayed the Constitution, which he swore to uphold.
2) He has committed treason by befriending Russia and other enemies of America.
3) He has subjugated America’s interests to Moscow.
4) He has been caught in fantastic lies to the American people, including personal ones, like his previous marriage and divorce.
No, it was President Kennedy.
In his article, Hornberger writes that Trump's ongoing battle with "the national-security establishment, the mainstream press, and the American right-wing" is nothing compared to what Kennedy dealt with as president.
Hornberger traces Kennedy's problems back to a speech he made in June 1963, in which he declared his intention to bring an end to the Cold War and normalize relations with Russia.
"Suddenly, Kennedy was upending the Cold War apple cart by threatening to establish a relationship of friendship and peaceful coexistence with Russia, the rest of the Soviet Union, and Cuba," Horberger writes.
"Kennedy wasn’t dumb," he continues. "He knew what he was up against. He had heard [former President Dwight D.] Eisenhower warn the American people in his Farewell Address about the dangers to their freedom and democratic way of life posed by the military establishment."
The author suggests that by rejecting Cold War orthodoxy, Kennedy became an enemy of certain elements of the government.
"In the eyes of the national-security establishment, one simply did not reach out to Russia, Cuba, or any other 'enemy' of America," Hornberger writes. "Doing so, in their eyes, made Kennedy an appeaser, betrayer, traitor, and a threat to 'national security.'"
Hornberger does not explicitly argue that Kennedy's assassination was a government conspiracy, writing only that the "nuts" opposed to Kennedy were not confined to Dallas, where the president was shot on Nov. 22, 1963.
"They were also situated throughout the U.S. national-security establishment," he writes.
For Paul's part, he has been a consistent critic of Trump, though not for the president's alleged ties to Russia. Instead, most of his criticism has focused on the president's foreign policy, which Paul views as too hawkish.
Paul was a Republican for much of his career, but has also spent periods as a member of the Libertarian Party, with which he is currently affiliated.
"The President goes back and forth, one minute saying 'we’re not going into Syria,' while the next seeming to favor another surge," Paul wrote on his website on May 14. "He has given the military much decision-making latitude and may be persuaded by his Generals that the only solution is to go in big. If he follows such advice, it is likely his presidency itself will be buried in that graveyard of empires."