By now you all know about Donald Trump’s insane, 3 am rant about beauty queen Alicia Machado. Hillary Clinton and liberals across the web have had a lot of fun with it.
But more interesting to campaign-watchers is the effect this will have on the Presidential race. Overall, it damages Trump’s ability to show he’s become more Presidential. It also raises the possibility of amphetamine use in the mind’s of many, as alleged by Dr. Gov. Howard Dean after the first debate, when Trump sniffed madly throughout.
But Alicia Machado herself is an issue. Women in America will not enjoy the lard-assed Trump mocking her weight. (He told Dr. Oz he was 236, but let’s face it, the closest Donald Trump will ever come to 270 is his bathroom scales, not the electoral college).
The attacks on Machado – heavy, and “Miss Housekeeper” appear to be hurting him with a crucial constituency in Florida – Hispanic voters.
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) September 29, 2016
Voter registration searches are spiking in Hispanic areas. At the same time, Trump is in a scandal involving Cuba and Castro, much hated in the Cuban-Hispanic enclaves of Florida:
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 29, 2016
Marco Rubio, running for re-election and with a huge lead, wants to know what Trump has to say about violating the trade embargo with the hated Cuban dictator. It’s hard to overstate how much Rubio voters in Florida hate Castro.
If Donald Trump cannot answer as to why he violated the embargo to trade with Cuba, and why he is beating up on Alicia Machado at 3am, he may very well have lost the crucial swing state of Florida.
Newsweek’s piece reports:
Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip….to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort
Hackers for Trump (Russians?) took down the #CastroGate piece from Newsweek, proving how much Trump fears it.
Now that the hackers trying 2 stop u from reading about Trump breaking the Cuban embargo have been defeated — read: https://t.co/BLWD7ga1BZ
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 30, 2016
Nate Silver of 538.com has recently stated that if Trump loses Florida, he loses the election: