Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters said Monday that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has "the intellectual heft of cotton candy" during an interview days after Trudeau praised deceased Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Trudeau, a member of the Liberal Party, released a statement after Castro's death calling the former Cuban president a "remarkable" and "larger than life" leader. His comments immediately drew criticism because of Castro's human rights abuses and political oppression.
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When Fox Business Network co-host David Asman asked Peters about Trudeau's comments, the retired military officer did not hold back his criticism of Trudeau or liberals who have been praising Castro's memory.
"Justin Trudeau has the intellectual heft of cotton candy," Peters said. "But his statement, his just stunning statement right after Castro's death before he tried to walk it back, making Castro sound like Mother Teresa with a beard was exemplary of how the left reacts to any bloody, murderous dictator who learns how to say, ‘justice for the people,' ‘anti-imperialism,' and a few other catch words."
Peters went on to say that several American presidents, especially President Obama, fell under a spell of propaganda and were soft towards Castro's regime, which is now controlled by his brother Raúl.
Trudeau is also the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.