The wonderful Kurt Eichenwald dropped a bombshell today on the front cover of Newsweek. Companies controlled by Donald Trump tried to circumvent the US embargo on Cuba to do business on the island in the 1990s.
Now, look, I've thought the embargo was a stupid idea since at least the early 1990s. If the US could do business with nuclear-armed Red China, it could do business with a Communist country of 10 million people, the only threat posed by it being to our throats for throat cancer from smoking its cigars. But that's neither here nor there. The law was the law. And for a man who has been "law and order" ever since the Central Park 5, this is just another data point in how he'd govern as President.
Trump has taken the Nixonian claim of "If the President does it, it's not illegal" and run with it. This is a man who if he ever became President would not be constrained by anything in the US Code or the Constitution. He would try to subvert the law of the land at every opportunity if it benefited him. He would not the be the servant of the law, but its master.
There are many reasons to be aghast at the idea of Donald Trump becoming president. But his repeated instances of flouting US law should give the most pause. If he does it while a private citizen, imagine what he'd do in four years of running the world's only superpower. The thought beggars belief and engenders justifiable terror.
Of course, on a purely political level, he just lost Florida. Expect a mass defection of Cuban-Americans to Hillary Clinton, or for those who were inclined to support Trump deciding to just stay home. Even my aunt, who as of this writing was planning to vote for Trump, might have a change of heart. You can say anything about anyone else to a revanchist Old Cuban, but if you are even seen to be attempting to do business with Fidel Castro you become anathema.
The media appears to be over its infatuation with Donald Trump. The stories are coming fast and hard, and Trump has nowhere to hide.