MSNBC: Cuban-Americans Humiliated by Obama’s Comments on Castro’s Death


Many Cuban-Americans residing in Florida are ashamed of the statements that some world leaders like President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made after the death of Fidel Castro by refusing to condemn the former communist dictator, MSNBC's Mariana Atencio reported Monday morning.

Atencio, an MSNBC correspondent, discussed the reactions of Cuban-Americans to the news over the weekend of Castro's death.

"Many Cuban-Americans here in the political epicenter of this community in Miami telling me this morning they cannot believe some of the world reaction from figures like Justin Trudeau and Jill Stein about Fidel Castro," Atencio said on Morning Joe.

Obama, who pursued a closer U.S.-Cuba relationship throughout his presidency, did not condemn the former dictator after news of his death, instead saying, "History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him."

Trudeau praised the late Cuban dictator, calling him "larger than life" while adding his "father was very proud to call him a friend."

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein praised Castro in a tweet, saying, "Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!"

Atencio said Cuban-Americans were "especially hurt and ashamed" of Stein and Tredeau's comments.

"One even used the word humiliated by President Obama's statement regarding Fidel Castro," she added.

Castro died Friday night at the age of 90.

Madeleine Weast

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Madeleine Weast is Assistant Social Media Editor for the Washington Free Beacon. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was a Communications Fellow at The Charles Koch Institute. Madeleine is from Prairie Village, Kansas and lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @MadeleineWeast.

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