Fidel Castro is dead. Did Donald Trump kill him? Not literally — but did the 90-year-old Cuban dictator simply the lack the will (or stamina) to endure a Trump presidency? NYU professor Greg Grandin is just asking questions.
“Castro almost outlasted 11 US presidents—Eisenhower, Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and passing in the waning days of Obama’s last term,” Grandin wrote in an obituary published in the Nation, a generally pro-dictator publication. “Perhaps he just couldn’t bear the thought of President Donald Trump.”
Castro had survived several decades worth of capitalist propaganda and CIA assassination attempts, but “the nightmare of Trump might have been a president too far,” Grandin wrote.
On the other hand, the author suggested, Castro might view the fact that Trump was “about to take office with a minority of the vote and with significant voter suppression” as a vindication after years of beingsanctimoniously lectured” by U.S. leaders on the ideals of freedom and democracy.
In all his goodness and badness, Castro was a full man of the Enlightenment,” Grandin wrote. “It’s fitting, though depressing, that’s he’s left us on the cusp of a new darkness.”
The “new darkness” is Trump, whose reaction to the news of Castro’s passing was short and sweet, but also emphatic and indicative of above-average stamina.
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
Meanwhile, America’s most prominent socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, has yet to weight in on Castro’s death. Sanders has praised the dictator in the past for instituting reforms that “totally transformed society.”
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