There was literal dancing in the streets overnight when Miami’s Cuban community learned of the death of Fidel Castro.
— Jamie Guirola (@jamieNBC6) November 26, 2016
— Jared Wyand ?? (@JaredWyand) November 26, 2016
Cubans march down Calle Ocho in Little Havana in Miami celebrating Fidel Castro's death (raining & almost 2am but that won't stop the party) pic.twitter.com/LxvWAuxGsO
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) November 26, 2016
Senator Ted Cruz was quick to put things in perspective.
Fidel Castro's death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families: https://t.co/hYue5mi69M
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 26, 2016
Of course, the liberal press was quick to lionize Castro. The New York Times called him a “towering figure” with this fawning obituary:
Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died Friday. He was 90.
His death was announced by Cuban state television.
In declining health for several years, Mr. Castro had orchestrated what he hoped would be the continuation of his Communist revolution, stepping aside in 2006 when he was felled by a serious illness. He provisionally ceded much of his power to his younger brother Raúl, now 85, and two years later formally resigned as president. Raúl Castro, who had fought alongside Fidel Castro from the earliest days of the insurrection and remained minister of defense and his brother’s closest confidant, has ruled Cuba since then, although he has told the Cuban people he intends to resign in 2018.
Fidel Castro had held on to power longer than any other living national leader except Queen Elizabeth II. He became a towering international figure whose importance in the 20th century far exceeded what might have been expected from the head of state of a Caribbean island nation of 11 million people.
He dominated his country with strength and symbolism from the day he triumphantly entered Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, and completed his overthrow of Fulgencio Batista by delivering his first major speech in the capital before tens of thousands of admirers at the vanquished dictator’s military headquarters.
Yes, tens of thousands of admirers…never mind the tens of thousands imprisoned or murdered by the very same “towering international figure.”
As you recall, our own
dictator president, Barack Hussein Obama, used his pen and his phone to open up U.S. relations with Cuba, famously making a trip in 2016 where he was officially greeted by…no one.
US @Potus snubbed right away. He shows up w/entire family, to be met by functionaries. Raul Castro missing. More embarrassments to come.
— Mike Gonzalez (@Gundisalvus) March 20, 2016
So of course the real question is, will Obama attend Castro’s funeral? What do you think folks? Given his past behavior, it would seem the smart money is on yes.
With the death of Fidel Castro, we call on President Obama to NOT attend the funeral of such a purely evil dictator.
— ACT for America (@ACTforAmerica) November 26, 2016
[Note: This article was compiled by Michele Hickford]