If you're not following the #TrumpInCuba right now, let me fill you in. Newsweek's cover story today is all about how Trump, in 1998 violated the US embargo on Cuba and spent $68K on a trip to assess the logistics of building a casino and resort there (perhaps not personally, but his company). He back channeled through a consulting firm to make it look like it was a charity thing, but well, Trump doesn't do charity stuff--so why anyone would believe that. . . is beyond me.
Kurt Eichenwald is the author of the story and is a credible writer with a track record of fearlessness and factual accuracy. He's really trying to do his job, find out how a journalist, in an age which rewards sensationalism rather than fact, can still make a difference.
Within 15 minutes of the story breaking on Rachel Maddow's show, Newsweek received calls from Trump's lawyers claiming the magazine had no proof or corroborated evidence to support the claims. In response Newsweek offered to publish the offending documents online. Well played, Newsweek, well played.
This story could not have broken at a more opportune time for Hillary Clinton. After her success in the first debate she has seen an upswing, but Trump hasn't seen the drop off some pundits expected as the Trump base felt he had showed well for himself in the debate by interrupting Clinton and trying to bully the conversation. But this story will surely be a hit against the Trump camp, especially in Florida, a key state he needs to win.
In response to the story Trump supporters have taken to social media, flooding outlets with conspiracy accusations aimed at Clinton, a common tactic they've employed before.
While this Newsweek piece is certainly damning, who knows if it will actually change fervent Trump supporter's minds. My guess is that it will not. Too many of them will reject the article as "liberal media," despite the fact that the article is corroborated with hard evidence and credible sources. But can we expect anything less from a camp that has deflected fact as conspiracy and accepted conspiracy as fact?