After he passed away a few years ago, his brother, Raul, took over, and in April, after he retired, he was replaced by the ruling Communist Party hierarchy with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. The people don't get a say; the government tells the people who's going to rule, and the ruler then decides how.
This week, though, Cubans fed up with endless cycles of poverty, despair, and lack of opportunity took to the streets in rare displays of angst and outrage. While there, many waived Cuban banners and flags while shouting "Liberty!" and chanting phrases of freedom. Some even sported American flags, because they understand that America was at least founded on the kind of freedom they can only dream about.
But what was the Biden regime's first response? Was it to embrace this movement of liberty? Was it to call on the Cuban government to step down and allow the people to elect their own leaders?
No. It was to purposely mislead Americans into thinking that Cubans are merely ticked off about COVID-19.
“Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID cases/deaths & medicine shortages,” Julie Chung, the Acting Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, wrote on Twitter Sunday.
Wow; how moronic.
Needless to say, her observation was quickly set upon by Republicans and administration critics for being about 1,000 percent wrong.
“It’s now almost 10 p.m. Eastern Time. It’s now been over 12 hours since over 32 cities in Cuba, brave people, have taken to the streets to protest against Communist, Marxist evil tyranny,” Rubio said in a video clip he uploaded to Twitter hours after the protests began in the country his parents escaped.
“This is not just about COVID,” Rubio continued. “Of course, COVID has a role to play, but this began well before COVID. These people are frustrated. They want to live in a normal country. They don’t want to have their kids getting on rafts and having to leave the country in order to lead normal lives," Rubio continued.
“So why can’t the State Department, why can’t the White House just say it clearly? This is not about COVID, this is not about anything else. This is about freedom. Say it,” Rubio added.
“Are you serious!? They’re protesting a corrupt communist regime! They want freedom. It’s not about COVID. You are embarrassing,” Christina Pushaw, the press secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, wrote on her personal Twitter account.
“They are really doing it, guys,” conservative commentator and author Candace Owens noted as well. “Joe Biden’s filthy administration—which is working with China to bring communism to America—is pretending the eruption in Cuba is over Covid-19 and not over the EVIL communist regime." She added: “Do not forget this moment."
“It’s not COVID, it’s communism,” wrote Buzz Patterson, a former Air Force pilot running for a U.S. House seat in California next year.
“Is this a parody account?” asked Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who is running for a U.S. House seat in next year's midterm elections.
Eventually, whoever's really running Biden's administration typed up a response and attached his name to it.
“We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” 'the president' said the following morning.
“The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected. The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves," the statement continued.