Republican Senator Marco Rubio told Fox News that one of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential contenders would be a disaster for U.S.-Cuba relations.
During the interview, Rubio criticized Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass—who only recently joined Biden’s shortlist of candidates—as a “Castro sympathizer.”
“This is something that she will now want to deflect from, but I don’t believe in the last six decades that there has ever been anyone considered for the vice presidency … with this level of sympathy towards a Marxist regime,” Rubio said, as the Daily Wire reports.
According to Rubio, whose parents are Cuban, Bass has a record of supporting the murderous Castro regime.
“This is not about one comment. She is not being sincere when she says it’s about one comment,” Rubio continued. “Congresswoman Bass has a long, appears to be three-to-four-decade history of being an admirer of the Castro regime.”
“It started as a student, it continued during her time in government, and even up until her time here in Congress,” he added. “She frequently visited the island both as a part Venceremos Brigades that were there to participate in the revolution and be helpful to it and as recently as a few years ago. This is about more than just one comment.”
Evidence of Congresswoman Bass’s sympathy for Cuba’s Castro regime is evidenced by far more than just one comment in 2016 pic.twitter.com/sBXWDrU3iI
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 4, 2020
The Daily Wire reports:
In 2016, Bass praised Castro in a statement after he died, saying, “As Cuba begins nine days of mourning, I wish to express my condolences to the Cuban people and the family of Fidel Castro. The passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a great loss to the people of Cuba.”
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On Sunday, when pressed by MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, who noted that many would be happy that Castro was dead, Bass responded, “Yeah, maybe.”
Bass has now walked back her comments, saying, “It’s certainly something that I would not say again.”