Following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s lionizing statement on the death of Fidel Castro, people started to wonder why he would pay such generous tribute to a murderous dictator. The Internet, of course, has the answer: Trudeau is Castro’s secret son.
On Saturday, Mr. Trudeau was mocked and criticized for sympathetic words towards Fidel Castro. He praised the Communist dictator as a “remarkable leader” and “legendary revolutionary.” He also said that he learned of Castro’s death with “deep sorrow”.
The Internet’s favorite conspiracy theory right now is that Justin Trudeau is actually the son of Fidel Castro — and that there’s concrete “evidence” to prove that.
So what’s the evidence, Dear Internet?
Many point out to Margaret Trudeau, the mother of Justin, who allegedly (yes, allegedly) had extra-marital affairs with other people like US Senator Ted Kennedy and was associated with members of the Rolling Stones. Online conspiracy theorists claim Mrs. Trudeau had an extra-marital relationship with Castro back in the day.
After all, she fondly remembers her trip to Cuba with then-baby Justin in the 1960s, telling The National Post: “Fidel made it clear in his opening remarks that the parents were important but not nearly as important as the baby. In some pictures Fidel had a big patch of wet saliva on his uniform because he had come over early to cuddle the baby.”
Mrs. Trudeau also recalls Castro as a “very warm and charming man – I enjoyed him.”
Another so-called “proof” showing that Trudeau is the dictator’s son is their “striking” resemblance:
Now, no conspiracy theory would be complete without having gaps in the evidence that would actually make it a remotely credible theory. There’s no documented evidence that Trudeau’s mother met Castro in 1970 – the year they were supposed to have the affair, as Justin was born in 1971.
The first contact between the Trudeau family and Fidel Castro indeed came in 1970, but it was purely diplomatic (Justin’s father, Pierre, of course was prime minister of Canada) and didn’t include state visits.
According to The Globe and Mail:
Pierre Trudeau’s and Fidel Castro’s paths crossed for the first time in 1970, when the Canadian government sought to negotiate the exile of members of the FLQ, who had kidnapped British trade commissioner James Cross. Fidel Castro obliged the Canadian PM by providing a refuge, and in a private letter Mr. Trudeau later extended his heartfelt gratitude.
It appears that the conspiracy theorists will have to work overtime to make this one stick.