Fidel Castro’s death caused a giant street party in Miami and hatred on Twitter among patriots and lovers of liberty, as we reported last night.
But conservatives, libertarians and many decent people were utterly shocked to see the global liberal elite ignoring Castro’s history of murder, torture and repression as though he were some kind of revolutionary or hero.
It was a shaming reminder that liberals will excuse any homophobia, murder, torture and repression if the person carrying it out appears to be one of their own.
Barack Obama failed America with anodyne sympathy of Castro’s “passing”, a word of comfort he did not use when describing the death of Bin Laden.
Senator Marco Rubio, closest to Florida’s Cuban-American community, blasted Obama as ‘pathetic’:
“President Obama issued a pathetic statement on death of dictator #FidelCastro with no mention of thousands he killed & imprisoned,” Rubio said in a tweet.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the hated and derided President of the EU Commission, used the word ‘hero’, to universal disgust, even from liberal journalists:
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) November 26, 2016
Seriously @JunckerEU ? Not a word about the need for democratic reforms or respect for basic rights.
— Jakob Nielsen (@jakobnielsen) November 26, 2016
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK’s left-wing Labour opposition, caused misery among pragmatic Labour voters as he paid tribute to the murderer, reinforcing the view in the UK that Labour will never be elected to government while Corbyn leads the party.
Fidel Castro: Jeremy Corbyn praises 'huge figure' https://t.co/jgxZqrqULY
— Pauline J (@quadrant2) November 26, 2016
Even across the pond in America, political commentators noted how tone-deaf and morally ambivalent Corbyn’s statement was. The Hill’s headline said:
UK Labour leader calls Castro ‘champion of social justice’
as the piece noted:
Castro was accused of putting citizens to death extrajudicially, imprisoning political opponents in forced labor camps and censoring dissent.
And the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, raised eyebrows with his ‘woke’ statement on the tyrant’s death. He said he was sorry the man had died, and that he was a pal of Trudeau’s Dad
It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.
I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.
The Prime Minister is facing criticism for his statement expressing “deep sorrow” about the death of the controversial former Cuban president Fidel Castro….
Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch wrote on Facebook that Trudeau should have called Castro’s administration “brutal, oppressive, and murderous”, rather than describing him “as if reading from a story book.”
Maxime Bernier, who is also running for Conservative leadership, called Trudeau’s statement “repugnant.” [And former PM Stephen Harper’s son Ben] tweeted, “Castro was a monstrous leader, and the world is better off now he’s dead.” He also tweeted that Trudeau’s statement is “an embarrassment for Canada.”
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) November 26, 2016
Meanwhile, President-Elect Trump’s response shone. Late at night, Trump merely expressed his surprise, in a tweet a lot of liberal journalists mocked:
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
Later the next day, however, as disgust for the liberal consensus spread round the world, the President-Elect’s speechwriters put together a forthright statement of disgust that shone next to the President’s oleaginous simpering over the tyrant’s “passing”.
Side by side with Obama’s disgraceful pandering, even a lot of ‘Never Trump’ supporters, like your correspondent, were hoping the President-Elect would indeed Make America Great Again with more plain talking and less brushing-up on brutality and murder.
Obama praises Castro & ignores all the evil he committed.
Trump calls out his brutal dictatorship. https://t.co/XzEa4hfwKB
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 26, 2016
Quite the contrast between Obama's and Trump's statements on Castro's death: pic.twitter.com/wlCqXIoDOF
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) November 26, 2016
— RICHARD KEMP (@COLRICHARDKEMP) November 26, 2016