Nancy Pelosi was heckled by a group of Cuban-American Trump supporters and shouted out of a Miami restaurant while helping to campaign for a Florida Democrat, the Miami Herald is reporting.
Pelosi has been helping Miami Democrat Donna Shalala, a former Clinton administration official, in her campaign for Congress. Unfortunately for Pelosi and Shalala, on Wednesday they and some colleagues found themselves surrounded by angry protesters, demanding answers about the Democrats' willingness to work with Cuba.
Miami's Cuban community is fiercely anti-Castro -- and here "Castro" refers to both the Cuban dictator who died in 2016, and his brother Raul, who took up Fidel's duties. The general Democratic policy towards Cuba is one of inclusiveness, as the Obama administration had partially overturned decades-old sanctions against Cuba. The general Republican attitude towards Cuba is one of continuing the Kennedy-era sanctions against the island nation.
As such, anti-Castro Cubans in Miami generally side with Republicans -- and in this case, the Trump administration -- when it comes to policies relating to their homeland.
It was in this context that Shalala, Pelosi, and some colleagues found themselves surrounded by Cuban-American pro-Trump protesters. Specifically, a group showed up at Shalala's campaign headquarters, demanding to know why a politician would align herself with another politician -- Barbara Lee -- who had praised the Cuban dictator on his death in 2016.