No surprise – she didn’t mention the failures of socialism at all.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) finally weighed in on the ongoing situation in Cuba after a week of silence. No surprise, she puts most of the blame on the U.S, with only a quick finger wag at President Diaz-Canel’s oppressive regime.
“We are seeing Cubans rise up and protest for their rights like never before. We stand in solidarity with them, and we condemn the anti-democratic actions led by President Diaz-Canel. The suppression of the media, speech and protest are all gross violations of civil rights.”
“We also must name the U.S. contribution to Cuban suffering: our sixty-year-old embargo,” she continued. “Last month, once again, the U.N. voted overwhelmingly to call on the United States to lift its embargo on Cuba. The embargo is absurdly cruel and, like too many other U.S. policies targeting Latin Americans, the cruelty is the point. I outright reject the Biden administration’s defense of the embargo. It is never acceptable for us to use cruelty as a point of leverage against everyday people.”
Few members of congress have a more intimate knowledge of Cuba’s situation than Marco Rubio, who sent this Tweet earlier in the week – it blows AOC’s statement out of the water.
“The U.S. is the largest provider of food to #Cuba & each year sends $275 million in medicine & $3 billion in remittances to relatives,” he said. “The suffering in Cuba isn’t because of an embargo, it’s because socialism always leads to suffering.”