Reactions to Castro’s Death

Ivan Jimenez, News Editor

Black Friday saw the most ironic day of the year – the death of a staunch communist on the most capitalistic day of the calendar. Nov. 25, 2016, witnessed the death of Fidel Castro, a brutal dictator who oppressed Cubans for more than half a century.

Castro’s death, announced by his brother and current Cuban president, Raul Castro, has sparked controversy amongst people; causing some to celebrate the dictator’s death while others mourn who they perceive as a Marxist saint.

The political right was downright jolly.

Former presidential candidate and son of a Cuban immigrant, Ted Cruz, delivered a scathing condemnation of both Fidel Castro and those who mourn the deceased dictator on the senate floor.

“We’re not grieving for the protector of peace or a judicious steward of his people. Today we are thankful. We are thankful that a man who has imprisoned and tortured and degraded the lives of so many is no longer with us.

“What is it about young leftists? What is it about young socialists, that they idolize communist dictators who torture and murder people,” reported CNN.

The political left, however, wept.

“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.

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,” a statement by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada read.

Trudeau was widely criticized.

The Internet responded with a sarcastic tweetstorm under the tag #trudeaueulogy.

“A deeply religious man, Darth Vader played a formative role in his son’s life,” tweeted Michael Hendrix, an American graphic designer.

Alongside Trudeau’s heart-plucking eulogy, the left continues to weep for the communist dictator; citing Cuba’s improved healthcare and education system as justification for Castro’s horrendous crimes.

“History has absolved, and promises to continue to absolve, ‘El Comandante’ Fidel Castro,” wrote The Huffington Post, causing many to question:

Which other tyrannical tyrants will history continue to absolve?