Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American whose parents emigrated from the island in the 1950’s, is none too pleased with the eulogizing of Fidel Castro in which some world leaders have engaged since the event of his passing, and says that the real reason they’re doing it is because many are simply in ideological agreement with the late communist dictator.
Rubio was asked by CBS News’ Reena Ninan what he thought might be behind the outpouring of condolences by various world leaders, including Pope Francis.
“You’ll have to ask each of these individual leaders. Some of these people you’re talking about are people that have never had to live... near him, or anywhere around him,” said Rubio. “Others, quite frankly have anti-American sentiments and have always viewed Fidel Castro as a person who stood up to America.”
Rubio continued, saying, “And others quite frankly are left-leaning -- they just agree with his ideology. Each of these people have to account for their own level of hypocrisy and how they ignore the fact that he jailed and executed and murdered people.”
In addition to Pope Francis, who telegrammed to Raul Castro, brother of Fidel, his “sense of grief to your excellency and family,” other notables on the world stage seemed to express great regret at the passing of Cuba’s most notorious revolutionary. President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico tweeted that “Fidel Castro was a friend of Mexico, promoting bilateral relations based on respect, dialogue and solidarity,” while Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, also used Twitter to say that “Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend.”
Responding to a CBS News question about whether Castro deserved to be “forgiven” for the things he did, Rubio tersely responded, “Forgiven? Well first of all, to be forgiven, you have to ask for forgiveness...You don’t forgive someone who thinks they never did anything wrong.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large