Hillary Clinton has a new ad running in Florida that blasts Donald Trump over his foray into Cuba in 1998 that allegedly violated the embargo:
A radio ad from the Clinton campaign that premiered Monday across South Florida knocks Donald Trump as two-faced for allegedly violating the Cuba embargo then shortly after railing against Castro to a Cuban American audience.
“One Donald comes to Miami to sip cafecito Cubano and talk about the human rights abuses of Castro’s Communist regime,” a narrator says in “Two Trumps." “The other Donald thinks that because of his money and his business, he’s above the law.”
The ad then summarizes the recent Newsweek report which claims Donald Trump violated the Cuba embargo in 1998. The report revealed that one Trump company paid a consulting firm more than $68,000 to travel to Cuba and explore business opportunities on the island. The firm later instructed Trump executives how to make the expense appear legal by disguising it as a charitable effort, Newsweek reported. The U.S. embargo generally prohibited U.S. companies from doing business in Cuba, with narrow exceptions.
“While our parents and grandparents were fighting the Castro regime both on and off the island, Donald Trump was looking to line his pocket, and even worse, those of the Castro brothers. This is a serious insult to our community,” the ad concludes.
Months after the alleged business activity in Cuba, as a candidate for the Reform Party’s presidential nomination, Trump told the crowd at a campaign stop in Miami that “putting money and investing money in Cuba right now doesn’t go to the people of Cuba. It goes to Fidel Castro. He’s a murderer. He’s a killer. He’s a bad guy in every respect, and, frankly, the embargo must stand if for no other reason than, if it does stand, he will come down.”
While the ad targets Trump, it may also serve as a reminder of Marco Rubio's latest hypocrisy pretzel.
When the Newsweek article broke, Rubio first said let's wait for the facts, then used a misleading article to twist those facts and defend Trump on an issue Rubio's relentlessly attacked President Obama for.
Despite the fact that polls show the majority of Cuban-Americans in Rubio's backyard in South Florida support the U.S. decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba and 63 percent oppose the U.S. embargo of the island nation, Rubio continues to place himself on the wrong side of this issue and it's been one of his favorite lines of attack against the President.
No matter what Trump says and does, Rubio also puts himself on the wrong side of a growing majority of voters who say Trump is unfit to be President. Now that Trump has played both sides on the Cuba issue (he now also attacks the President over it), it appears Rubio is willing to let him get away with it. By doing so, Rubio shows us once again that there is no issue he will take a stand for and later flip-flop on to suit his own political ambitions. And like Trump, if he has to twist the facts to do it, so be it.
In essence, Rubio and Trump are two peas in a rotten pod.