US Senator Marco Rubio: History Will Remember Fidel Castro as an Evil, Murderous Dictator. Rubio is a Cuban American from Miami, whose parents immigrated to the US just before Castro seized power in 1959. In a press release he said:
Fidel Castro seized power promising to bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba, but his communist regime turned it into an impoverished island prison. Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country, and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed.
Sadly, Fidel Castro’s death does not mean freedom for the Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders, and political opponents he and his brother have jailed and persecuted. The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. And one thing is clear, history will not absolve Fidel Castro; it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people.
The future of Cuba ultimately remains in the hands of the Cuban people, and now more than ever Congress and the new administration must stand with them against their brutal rulers and support their struggle for freedom and basic human rights.
Obama, who in a three paragraph statement on Saturday, issued his condolences to the Castro family and the Cuban people while largely side-stepping the reality of Cuban life under Castro.
But Obama’s mild statement did not get past Rubio.
“President Obama issued a pathetic statement on death of dictator #FidelCastro with no mention of thousands he killed & imprisoned,” he wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. …
The Florida senator also took a similar stance to that of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who urged Americans to not remember Castro, but the victims of his brutal communist regime instead.