Keith Ellison: ‘All wrong’ to say Cuban dictator Fidel Castro ‘all bad’ — Audio

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Keith Ellison

While appearing on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s “Karen Hunter Show,” Rep. [score]Keith Ellison[/score], D-Minn., a leading candidate to head up the DNC, said that it’s “all wrong” to say that deceased former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was “all bad.”

Here’s his comment, according to a transcript posted at Real Clear Politics:

He was a revolutionary leader who confronted a system of government that excluded everybody except the military and the money-rich.

And he took them on, defeated them and then set the country up in a way where…Did he use harsh dictatorial tactics? Yes, probably he did…but, did he also stand up for peace and freedom in Africa? Absolutely.

His Cuban forces took on the South Africa apartheid military forces and defeated them.

And, actually deployed doctors anywhere from Chernobyl to all over South Africa, anywhere people were sick. He sent those doctors there. He made medical education very available, made medicine available.

So if you look at his legacy you have to say that he confronted people with a lot of power on behalf of people that didn’t have any.

He also did jail people who were political critics of his, he also did not allow… free speech…It’s a mixed bag.

Here’s audio of his statement:

Cuban exiles, however, have a completely different point of view

Exit question: Is there a Communist tyrant Ellison doesn’t like?


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