Canada’s Justin Trudeau will not attend Fidel Castro’s funeral in Cuba on Tuesday because “his schedule doesn’t permit it,” the prime minister’s office announced. The news comes after days of outrage and mockery directed at the “woke bae” head of state’s effusive praise for the communist dictator.
Many left-leaning world leaders were quick to offer their condolences over Castro’s death on November 25, but none appeared quite as torn apart as Trudeau, who spoke of his own “deep sorrow” over the passing of “controversial figure” Castro.
Trudeau issued an emotional euology to a man he called a “friend of his father,” claiming that Fidel, who is reputed to have murdered hundreds and jailed thousands, was a “larger than life leader” who made “significant improvements” to his island nation.
Statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro: https://t.co/70ZqAfVWCR
— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) November 26, 2016
What made Fidel “controversial,” Trudeau never mentions — probably because it would take away, greatly, from Castro’s work on Cuba’s health care and education.
Unlike other leaders that praised Castro’s many “achievements” however, social media — which has often worshipped the boyish, hip Canadian PM in the past — was not so keen on allowing Trudeau’s statement to stand unchallenged.
November 26, 2016: First time I noticed that Justin Trudeau could be demonstrably more of a clown than Donald Trump.
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) November 26, 2016
No @JustinTrudeau, Castro was not a 'legendary revolutionary', he impoverished millions while he lived in luxury
— Lisa Raitt (@lraitt) November 26, 2016
Disgraceful statement from Justin Trudeau re Castro. No, Justin, Fidel didn't "serve" Cuban people. He made them serve him. For 60 years. https://t.co/E413zutMwS
— Bret Stephens (@StephensWSJ) November 26, 2016
What is wrong with Justin Trudeau? This is embarrassing for Canada. https://t.co/MMACBuOAQm
— Eli Lake (@EliLake) November 26, 2016
Justin Trudeau's statement about Castro loving his own people and being a larger than life leader… pic.twitter.com/NCpSygPyTj
— Mohamed Cherri (@MoMoCherri) November 26, 2016
A number of Twitter users even issued Trudeau their most astringent critique of all: calling his statement worse than Donald Trump’s.
Trump's statement on Castro is better than Justin Trudeau's statement tbh. https://t.co/Xgum8RyNp5
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 26, 2016
Not content to let the “verified accounts” have all the fun savaging Trudeau, the social media proletariat joined the pile on with #TrudeauEulogies, mimicking the Prime Minister’s dramatic and conciliatory approach to the death of a dictator with guesses of how Trudeau would have handled other notable passings.
Today we mourn the death of Osama Bin Laden, whose stern leadership greatly taught us how to rebuild towers. #TrudeauEuologies
— Augusto Pinochet (@1973_Movement) November 26, 2016
“While a controversial figure, even detractors recognize Pol Pot encouraged renewed contact between city and countryside.” #trudeaueulogies
— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) November 26, 2016
Today we mourn the loss of Norman Bates, a family man who was truly defined by his devotion to his mother. #trudeaueulogies
— Mike Hogan (@tsnmikehogan) November 26, 2016
— Albertaardvark (@Albertaardvark) November 26, 2016
Whatever bumps he encountered on the road of life, Ted Bundy taught us all valuable lessons about helping our neighbors. #TrudeauEulogies
— John Schindler (@20committee) November 26, 2016
Saddened about the passing of Sauron who, while heavy-handed, did advocate for open borders and usher in industrial era. #trudeaueulogies
— Elana Fric Shamji (@ElanaFricShamji) November 26, 2016
Jason Voorhees will be fondly remembered for his love of camping, hockey & carving new friendships #trudeaueulogies
— Ryan Cummings (@Pol_Sec_Analyst) November 26, 2016
Trudeau’s office has not issued any corrections or modifications to his statement, probably because he doesn’t want to give the Internet any more ammunition.