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Ted Cruz: The U.S. Shouldn’t Send Anyone to Castro’s Funeral

Senator Ted Cruz, who has been very critical of President Obama‘s statement on the death of Fidel Castro, said today he hopes no U.S. officials attend his funeral.

On ABC’s This Week this morning, Cruz recalled the brutality of the Castro regime and how his own family members suffered under it. He said, “It is thankful that he is no longer with us.”

Cruz wrote a piece for National Review yesterday that had this to say about Obama’s statement:

[T]he race is on to see which world leader can most fulsomely praise Fidel Castro’s legacy, while delicately averting their eyes from his less savory characteristics. Two duly-elected leaders of democracies who should know better, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and American president Barack Obama, are leading the way. Mr. Trudeau praised Castro as a “legendary revolutionary and orator” who “made significant improvements to the education and health care of his island nation.” Mr. Obama offered his “condolences” to the Cuban people, and blandly suggested that “history will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure.” Now, he added, we can “look to the future.”

With all due respect to Mr. Obama, the 60 years Fidel Castro spent systematically exploiting and oppressing the people of Cuba provide more than enough history to pass judgment on both Fidel and, now more importantly, his brother Raul.

And this morning he told Martha Raddatz that he hopes the U.S. doesn’t send anyone to Castro’s funeral:

“I very much hope that we don’t see any U.S. government officials going to Fidel Castro’s funeral. I hope we don’t see Barack Obama and Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton and Democrats lining up to lionize a murderous tyrant and thug.”

Watch above, via ABC.

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