Will Justin Trudeau be a pallbearer at Fidel Castro's funeral? pic.twitter.com/hpPtwiS7HH— Stephen Taylor (@stephen_taylor) November 26, 2016
The death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro sparked headlines on Nov. 25, with many rejoicing over the news. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has also made headlines -- for offering his condolences to the man who is responsible for deaths in the tens of thousands, inciting widespread fear throughout his reign, and literally banning Christmas in Cuba for almost 30 years.
Trudeau's statement, which can be found on the official Prime Minister of Canada website, reads:
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for 'el Comandante.'
I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”
Understandably, people are furious at Trudeau's response, which vastly differed from president-elect Donald Trump's.
Fidel Castro is dead!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016
Many on Twitter are openly mocking Trudeau using #TrudeauEulogies.
Today we mourn Jabba the Hutt, a community organizer, dedicated to the economic revitalization of the outer-rim territories. #TrudeaEulogies— Kathleen Hunker (@KathleenHunker) November 28, 2016
Benito Mussolini Charismatic leader who will be remembered for his achievements in the area of Italian mass transit. #TrudeaEulogies— jeffkatzshow (@jeffkatzshow) November 28, 2016
It is with great sadness we decommissioned the Hindenburg, a great beacon lighting the way for airships #TrudeaEulogies— Bradly Tucker (@TuckerBradly) November 26, 2016
Adolf Hitler will forever be immortalized for bringing affordable automobiles to the German people. #TrudeaEulogies— scot (@soundcloudrappr) November 28, 2016
Kim Jung-Il Allowed the world to see the beauty of Pyongyang at night by leading energy conservation efforts. #TrudeaEulogies— jeffkatzshow (@jeffkatzshow) November 28, 2016
Trudeau, for his part, has not apologized for the comments.
"I made a statement that recognized the close connection and long-lasting connection between Canada and Cuba, and as you know, I have never hesitated to bring up human rights, including directly, with the Cuban president," Trudeau said at a summit in Madagascar. When a reporter asked if Trudeau believed Castro was a dictator, he said "yes" without delay.
"And your statement yesterday reflected that?" the reporter asked, sounding rather baffled.
"The fact is, Fidel Castro had a deep and lasting impact on the Cuban people. He certainly was a polarizing figure and there certainly were significant concerns around human rights," he said. "That's something that I'm open about and that I've highlighted. But on the passing of his death I expressed a statement that highlighted the deep connection between the people of Canada and the people of Cuba."
Who knows? Maybe there's a more mysterious relationship than "friend of the family" here.
Apparently there's a conspiracy theory that states that Justin Trudeau is actually the son of Fidel Castro ?? pic.twitter.com/L58TKIDzZi— Eric (@Esaltman_) November 28, 2016
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