I’ll Become A Trump Supporter When Kennedy Rises From The Dead
Yesterday — 11/22/2021 — marked the fifty-eighth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy being murdered in Dallas, Texas. I won’t get into my own opinion on the event — although I will say that I do not believe the official story that says Oswald worked alone but I personally have not seen a compelling alternative theory on exactly who else was involved with the assassination — but I will say that there is no doubt that this event has gotten more conspiracy theories than basically any other event in United States history.
In 1966, Mark Lane’s book Rush to Judgment: A Critique of the Warren Commission’s Inquiry into the Murders of President John F. Kennedy, Officer J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald was published. Rush to Judgement — which was highly critical of the Warren Commission, which investigated President Kennedy’s death — is commonly considered to be the book that started the JFK conspiracy theory train. The book spent twenty-nine weeks as a best seller and was even made into a documentary in 1967. (Although books on the topic had existed beforehand, such as 1964’s Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy? by Joachim Joesten, which is now known to have been created by a group with ties to the Soviet Union.)
I’ve read many conspiracy theories about President Kennedy’s assassination, and I find some to be more compelling than others. On the less compelling side, I would put Bonar Menninger’s 1992 book Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, which argues that Oswald acted alone but that an accidental shot from a member of Kennedy’s Secret Service is what killed the President, as a good example. William Cooper — of Behold The Pale Horse fame — argued that Kennedy was killed by his driver as well, although this was on purpose using a gas pressure device that was developed by aliens.
However, of all the conspiracy theories, the one I find the most insane is also quite possibly the most recent. Yesterday, a bunch of followers of Q-Anon — the pro-Trump conspiracy movement — gathered in Dallas, Texas hoping Kennedy’s son — John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in 1999 as a result of a plane crash he caused — would come and announce his intention to run as Donald Trump’s running mate in 2024. It should be noted that this has happened before — with this not even being the first time this…