Considering what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Tredeau said about former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s passing, someone should tell him that prettiness alone isn’t a useful qualification to run a country. You need brains along with that beauty.
In an intentional public statement, Trudeau said that “Fidel Castro was a larger-than-life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.” And he added that, “while a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Commandante.’”
According to CNN, Canada has maintained a healthy relationship with the communist country for decades, apparently more than happy to ignore what actor – and former Cuban – Andy Garcia describes as a horrific farce.
“The promises of his so-called revolution of pluralism and democracy were and continue to be a false promise and a betrayal of all basic human rights,” Garcia told Fox News Latino. “The executions, persecution and imprisonment of political dissidents and the LGBT community, denial of free press, elections and religious freedoms, continue to be [Fidel Castro’s] legacy.”
Famed singer Gloria Estefan, whose family also fled Castro’s Cuba, posted on Facebook and Instagram that, while “the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming.”
Meanwhile, Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio asked on Twitter if Trudeau’s fawning eulogy was a joke, “… if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada, it is shameful & embarrassing.”
And Representative Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, who had to flee Cuba with her family when she was just eight years old, said, “I’ve been reading [Trudeau’s] sickening love letter to dead Fidel Castro, and I’m thinking, ‘Sure, you did not lose a loved one to an execution squad. You did not lose a loved one to the gulags in Cuba.”
And this all about a man who “served his people for almost half a century”? “A legendary revolutionary and orator” who installed such amazing national improvements that even his detractors have to recognize “his tremendous dedication and love” for his people?
That just doesn’t seem to jive.
Neither does a whole entire stadium full of pro-football fans in a Cuban-heavy community booing a player for nothing more than saying nice things about Castro, which is exactly what happened to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Sunday down in Miami.
Kaepernick also got excoriated before the game – which he lost – by Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso, who’s of Cuban descent. Alonso tweeted something in Spanish that I won’t repost (though you can check it out here if you want.)
But perhaps Ted Cruz, whose father was born and raised in Cuba, said it best:
“Disgraceful. Why do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants? Castro, Stalin,Mao, Pol Pot – all evil, torturing murders.”
Good question. The answer might be because they’re told being pretty is what matters most.