Sen. Marco Rubio Slams Obama’s Over His Response to Castro Death

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When news broke that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died yesterday, politicians around the world began their public responses. Some, like President-elect Trump were emphatic. Castro’s death officially marks the end of an era.

Yet some other politicians were a bit more wish-washy in their comments. Obama, who has been criticized for his relationship with the Castro regime, said “history will…judge” Castro. That middle-of-the-road comment has some riled, including Marco Rubio.


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“We know that this moment fills Cubans — in Cuba and in the United States — with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation,” Obama wrote in a statement. “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”

Sen. Marco Rubio rebuked President Obama “President Obama issued a pathetic statement on death of dictator #FidelCastro with no mention of thousands he killed & imprisoned,” Rubio wrote on Twitter this morning.

Rubio did not forget to mention them in his statement:

Fidel Castro seized power promising to bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba, but his communist regime turned it into an impoverished island prison. Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country, and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed.


Sadly, Fidel Castro’s death does not mean freedom for the Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders, and political opponents he and his brother have jailed and persecuted. The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. And one thing is clear, history will not absolve Fidel Castro; it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people.

The future of Cuba ultimately remains in the hands of the Cuban people, and now more than ever Congress and the new administration must stand with them against their brutal rulers and support their struggle for freedom and basic human rights.
The Florida senator also took a similar stance to that of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who urged Americans to not remember Castro, but the victims of his brutal communist regime instead.


Rubio went on to suggest that no U.S. representative should attend Castro’s funeral. To do so, Rubio said, would be “sending someone to the funeral of a man who ordered the execution of Americans,” Rubio said.