Fidel Castro is dead, and Miami is alive.
For as often as liberals use the word “extreme” to describe their right-wing opponents, the reaction to Castro’s death from the elites gave us insight into who the real extremists are. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earned himself endless mockery for reacting to the news with an official statement reading “It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. 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.”
The leader of the UK’s Labor Party Jeremy Corbyn offered a personal tribute, stating ” Fidel Castro’s death marks the passing of a huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism. From building a world class health and education system, to Cuba’s record of international solidarity abroad, Castro’s achievements were many. For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa, and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.”
Who knew that death squads and political repression would be the latest social justice cause?
Barack Obama didn’t praise Fidel in his statement on his death, but also didn’t address the man’s crimes and consequences of his revolution. He then proceeded to offer his condolences to Fidel’s family.
Think a leader like Ronald Reagan would’ve given such a response to Fidel’s death? Of course not. While our leaders of today are praising the tyrant, Reagan was cracking jokes about him when he was president.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]