John F. Kennedy Quote Allegedly Predicts His Own Shooting Death, Says ‘Nobody Can Stop It’ [Rumor]

John F. Kennedy was assassinated over 50 years ago, and a quote allegedly taken straight from the late 35th U.S. president is said to have predicted his death on November 22, 1963. While some dispute the quote, which appears in a 1972 biography of John F. Kennedy, Snopes recently fact-checked the claim and said the quote does come from reliable sources.

Snopes revisited the quote one day after the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and determined that it’s unknown if the quote that allegedly predicts the president’s own shooting death is true or false. However, according to the November 23 report, the quote allegedly comes from two reliable sources. Both sources were close friends and advisers to John F. Kennedy for the nearly three years that he served as President of the United States from January 1961 until November 1963.

The quote, allegedly spoken by John F. Kennedy, stated, “if somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it, so why worry about it?” Snopes collected a sample of the quote via email in November 2016, saying that it was published over 40 years ago as an original quote in a biography written by political aide Kenneth O’Donnell and special assistant David Powers. Snopes called both men reliable sources.

However, Snopes goes on to say that the two “close friends” of John F. Kennedy might have taken some liberties with the wording of the quote in order to make it appear as if Kennedy actually predicted his own assassination, ultimately declaring the rumor as unknown, along with several other conspiracy theories that surround the shooting death of President Kennedy.

John F. Kennedy was fatally shot twice in downtown Dallas, Texas, during a motorcade on Friday, November 22, 1963. The successful assassination attempt was deemed to be the work of a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald, who was shot to death by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby two days later, At the time of his murder, Oswald was in police custody, but he had not been fully interrogated or prosecuted.

No one was ever convicted of assassinating John F. Kennedy, who was only 46-years-old at the time of his death, and more than 60 percent of Americans believe there might have been more than one shooter or even some type of a government conspiracy. A Los Angeles Times report on Tuesday also speculated that John F. Kennedy might not have been the shooter’s target, after all, saying that Lee Harvey Oswald, who also shot and killed Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit, might have actually been trying to assassinate the Texas governor at the time, John Connally.

President Kennedy was actually in Texas on November 22, 1963, to help smooth things over in the Democratic Party between two liberals and the conservative John Connally. What was described as a “little green address book” was found in Oswald’s apartment and listed four men Oswald intended to kill, with John Connally at the top of the list, and John F. Kennedy not on the list at all.

Oswald’s motive for wanting to kill Connally was torn out of the address book, but Oswald was allegedly just a disgruntled Marine with an “undesirable” discharge that Connally refused to set right.

The John F. Kennedy biography, called Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye, claims that Kennedy told his wife, Jackie, that “nobody can stop an assassination,” just before he was shot and killed by two out of three bullets shot out of a window at the Texas School Book Depository, where Oswald was employed as an order filler.

“We’re heading into nut country today. But Jackie, if somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it, so why worry about it?”

That alleged original quote from John F. Kennedy was reportedly his response to Jackie Kennedy after she had read an anti-Kennedy full-page ad titled “Welcome Mr. Kennedy” that was published in the Dallas Morning News on the same day of his assassination. A report by the Independent back in 1993 stated that John F. Kennedy actually told an aide that he was “heading into nut country” a couple of days prior to his visit to Dallas. Kennedy was allegedly referencing the fact that, at the time, Dallas, Texas, had become “a hostile place which cared very little for the dream that died there.”

The report goes on to say that most of the “God-fearing” people in Dallas disliked John F. Kennedy, with his New Frontier speech and his plan to desegregate schools. The Dallas Morning News had also previously published another column that attacked the entire Kennedy family, as well as John F. Kennedy, who was a member of the Democratic Party, for “being too soft” on Communism and the Soviet government.

Snopes concludes that if John F. Kennedy had, indeed, predicted his own assassination, as suggested by the alleged quote, it was only because he had been warned by multiple people prior to his trip to Dallas; a city that had become known to the world “as the city of hate, the city that killed Kennedy,” according to a more recent article by the Dallas Morning News.

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