Friday Trump added restrictions between travel to and from Cuba.
“The Castro regime has shipped arms to North Korea and fueled chaos in Venezuela. While imprisoning innocents, it has harbored cop killers, hijackers and terrorists. It has supported human trafficking, forced labor and exploitation all around the globe.”
The Castro administration struck back, and the truth hurts.
“We have deep concerns by the respect and the guaranties of the human rights in that country, where there is a large number of cases of murder, brutality and police abuse, particularly against the African Americans; the right to live is violated as a result of deaths by firearms,” the statement read.
The response was lengthy, and included ‘racial discrimination, salary inequality between genders, the marginalization of immigrants and refugees from Islamic and other countries, Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border, his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the imprisonment of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, the killing of US and foreign citizens in drone attacks, the preface for and conduct of the wars in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, and estimates that the Republican health care bill would cause 23 million people to lose medical insurance.’
All I can say is “ouch.”
Trump’s campaign slogan was “make America great again;” when were we ever a ‘great country?’ America has its share of evils and the “Trump Effect” has allowed many of them to come into the light of day. White nationalism, religious intolerance, homophobia, and sexism are increasing on a daily basis.
Trump is arrogant, sanctimonious, and a prevaricator. In nearly five months he has destroyed the efforts of his predecessors to establish our nation’s reputation. Before George W. Bush created his ‘axis of evil,’ and announced that ‘any country who refused to stand with us in our unwinnable wars was against us, America was the respected leader of the free world. After Trump shunned our allies during the G7 Summit, Germany and France now have that honor.
The message from Havana was clear and accurate. Trump has no right to criticize other nations when he is the most bigoted man in America and his policies reflect his lack of principles.
I never thought I’d say this, but “hooray for the Castro regime.”
Please re-post; thank you.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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