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MNGOP official takes heat for suggesting JFK was shot by Secret Service agent

MNGOP official takes heat for suggesting JFK was shot by Secret Service agent

Today is the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, and to commemorate, most everyone is offering their theory about what really happened on that fateful Friday afternoon in Dallas.

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One person who thinks JFK's assassination was an inside job of sorts is Brandon Sawalich, the current finance chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party and a onetime candidate for MNGOP chair.

Yesterday, Sawalich tweeted that he thinks the "most believable" theory about JFK's assassination is that he was accidentally shot in the head by a jittery Secret Service agent:

Here's how the NBC News report linked in his tweet explains the theory:

[The theory holds] that after Lee Harvey Oswald rattled off multiple shots at the motorcade carrying Kennedy past the Texas School Book Depository, a Secret Service agent riding in a car immediately behind the presidential limousine grabbed his Colt AR-15 high-velocity rifle to return fire.

But when his car stopped suddenly, the theory holds, Agent George Hickey lost his balance and accidentally discharged his weapon, sending a .223-caliber round rocketing into Kennedy's head -- the wound that later killed the 35th president...

[But] no eye witnesses have gone on-record claiming to have seen Hickey firing an accidental shot and the Secret Serviceman denied firing his weapon. And none of the seven other people riding in the follow-up vehicle -- five Secret Service agents and two presidential aides -- reported a bullet whistling past their heads.

Sawalich is hardly alone in his belief that JFK's death involved more than just Lee Harvey Oswald. According to the NBC report, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the assassination was a conspiracy of some sort.

Nonetheless, former MNGOP Senate caucus communications director Michael Brodkorb was shocked a Republican official would suggest JFK's assassination was an inside job, even if the kill shot was fired accidentally:

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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