Cuban-American politicians Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) fired back at world leaders that praised communist leader Fidel Castro after the Cuban revolutionary's death on Friday. Cruz and Rubio specifically called out President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau for delivering sympathetic sentiments commemorating the Castro's death. Both Cruz and Rubio have Cuban lineage and had no kind words for Castro and his family.
According to Huffington Post,Cruz's parents fled Cuba after Cruz's father participated in the early days of the Cuban revolution. Rubio, whose parents also emigrated from Cuba, expressed no remorse for the death of Castro and delivered blistering rebuttals to other world leaders' comments in the days following Castro's death.
"You'll have to ask each of these individual leaders. Some of these people you're talking about are people that have never had to live... near him, or anywhere around him or been impacted," Rubio told CBS News on Saturday. "Others, quite frankly have anti-American sentiments and have always viewed Fidel Castro as a person who stood up to America."
World leaders, including President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, delivered mixed sentiments in the days following Castro's death. Trudeau released an official statement about Castro, stating, "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."
Trudeau also acknowledged that Castro was 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 Comandante." The Prime Minister went on to say that his father valued Castro as a friend. While Castro's reputation as a leader is debatable, considering his numerous human rights violations and public conditions of the Cuban people, Trudeau offered kind words after Castro's death.
In response, Cruz took to Twitter to say Trudeau's comments were, "Disgraceful. Why do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants? Castro, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot -- all evil, torturing murderers. #truth." Cruz went on to tweet rebukes about the United States foreign policy relationship with Cuba, stating it was a "real danger that we will fall into the trap of thinking Fidel's death represents material change in Cuba."