Sharing A Thirst For Misinformation
Last week after Kurt Eichenwald published an article in Newsweek that detailed Donald Trump's violation of the Cuba embargo in the 1990's, Marco Rubio claimed he found the allegations "troubling," but was nonetheless willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt.
However, later that same day, Rubio all but defended Trump in a tweet linking to an article that made erroneous claims about Trump's foray in Cuba:
This past Thursday, Newsweek investigative reporter Kurt Eichenwald revealed Donald Trump had violated the Cuban embargo by sending consultants to the communist island in 1997. Though this wasn't the first time Trump had been accused of illegally dealing in Fidel Castro country, Eichenwald's report is certainly the most comprehensive evidence yet that Trump broke the law. Unlike earlier reports, Newsweek actually quoted Trump company documents that showed he spent money in Cuba and then tried to pretend the cash was part of a charitable donation.
Yet in face of all that evidence, Marco Rubio — who is Cuban, pro-embargo, and staunchly anti-Castro — has refused to denounce Trump for his actions. Rather than stand by his principles, Rubio told the Miami Herald he'd wait for "all the facts" before denouncing Trump's actions in Cuba or criticizing the presidential candidate for lying to Miami Cubans about his hatred for Castro. Rubio then tweeted out an article that (A) erroneously claimed Trump hadn't broken the law (he did), and (B) blamed the Clintons for "working to hand the Castro regime billions of dollars."
Given Marco Rubio's tendency to skirt the truth and spread misinformation whenever it suits him politically, it probably shouldn't surprise anyone that he would try to cover for Trump when he does it. After all, it seems that no matter how many egregious things Trump has done (and the list grows longer every day) Rubio is still willing to support him, even after Trump personally humiliated "Little Marco" in the primaries.
Still, trying to twist the truth in Trump's favor on this one is quite a stretch even for Rubio, and it no doubt won't escape the notice of many voters in Florida, especially in Rubio's own backyard.