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Marco Rubio, a GOP senator of Cuban descent, responded by accusing the organization of extortion
Republican lawmakers are slamming Black Lives Matter after the
organization posted a statement that appeared to back Cuba’s communist government rather than the Cubans currently in the streets protesting.
On Wednesday, Black Lives Matter released a statement condemning the
United States for its embargo on Cuba and suggested it’s the reason for
the current unrest in the streets.
The statement angered several Republican lawmakers, including Texas Sen.
Ted Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, who accused Black Lives Matter of "standing with" communists.
"Shameful," Cruz tweeted. "The group Black Lives Matter (funded by major players in corporate America) was founded by avowed Marxists and—as
millions of Cubans risk their lives to rise up for freedom—BLM stands
with…the communist dictatorship."
Cruz’s colleague, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., also took issue with the tweet
and called it "insane."
"The radical Left has gone insane," Scott tweeted. "BLM is blaming America
for the cruelty and oppression of the Castro Regime and their views are
being echoed by prominent socialist Democrats. Freedom-loving Americans
stand with the people of Cuba, not with the Regime that is oppressing
Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida of Cuban descent, responded
to the statement by accusing the organization of extortion.
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"The extortionist ring known as the Black Lives Matter organization took a break today from shaking down corporations for millions & buying
themselves mansions to share their support for the Communist regime in
#Cuba," he posted on Instagram and Twitter.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., also took to social media to criticize the Black
Lives Matter statement and said the organization is defending a murderous regime.
"It's no surprise that the Marxists of BLM are defending a murderous
communist regime," Cotton said.
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Thousands of Cuban protesters have taken to the streets over the last
several days to protest the communist regime that has ruled the island
nation for six decades, prompting violent crackdowns from the government
that have killed at least one person.
Republicans, including Rubio, have been critical of the Biden
administration’s response to the crisis and protests have developed in the United States calling on the Biden administration to do more on the issue.
"The U.S. stands firmly with the people of Cuba as they assert their
universal rights," President Biden said on Monday. "And we call on the government of Cuba to refrain from violence in their attempt to silence
the voices of the people of Cuba."
Republican Leader of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, R-Texas, commented on a tweet linking to BLM's defense of the Cuban regime saying, "While black Cuban activists are beaten by the regime and languish
in prison cells, Marxist’s shamefully ignore their calls for freedom."
While black Cuban activists are beaten by the regime and languish in
prison cells, Marxist’s shamefully ignore their calls for freedom.
Cuban’s have widely rejected the communist dictatorship and we admire
their brave efforts. #PatriaYVida
BLM under fire for defending Cuban regime, blaming protests on US
While Cubans continue to risk their lives to demand the ouster of
President Miguel Díaz-Canel, BLM widely praised his regime
11:09 AM · Jul 15, 2021
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