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Sen. Ted Cruz walked out of Mandela memorial service when Cuba’s murderous dictator Raul Castro began his speech

Jim Geraghty in the National Review:
Cruz Walks Out on Castro Speech at Memorial Service for Mandela

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela when Cuban “president” Raúl Castro began speaking.

“Senator Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said Sean Rushton, Cruz’s communications director. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free.”

Earlier in the day, President Obama shook hands with Castro.

3 comments to Sen. Ted Cruz walked out of Mandela memorial service when Cuba’s murderous dictator Raul Castro began his speech


    Well, at least...

  • Does he not know that Mandela was in prison not for "opposing apartheid", but because he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a series of bombings against government buildings and homes of government officials. He was a terrorist, a communist. It seems to that he learned well lessons of Fidel, so ??? WTF? This entire scenario is unreal. Really I just want to get off the planet.

  • asombra

    This is beginning to look like a stage production, and the show is wearing thin. Sorry, Ted, but the fact is that Cuba's faux president, faux general, and probably even faux Castro belongs at that memorial service far more than you do. The dead man would have wanted him there, even if he would have preferred his brother (or more likely half-brother), whereas he would hardly have wanted you. It was a given that Cuba's dictator would be present and would give a speech, so it's not as if anyone sprung that on you. The real problem, you see, is not that Fidel's designated heir is out of line, but that Mandela was a hypocrite who never saw anything wrong with the totalitarian tyranny that has enslaved and oppressed the Cuban people for over 50 years, and he never stopped singing its praises.

    I'm not quite sure what your problem is, Ted, but it would appear you have one. I'd like to believe you know nothing except the official line on Mandela and that you actually think that's the whole story, but I'm afraid that would reflect poorly on you, and I can't believe you're that ignorant or gullible. There's a more cynical alternative explanation, but it makes you look even worse, at least from a reasonably dignified Cuban perspective. Thus, one is forced to consider a third option, and hope it's not just pure fantasy. That would be that you've figured big league politics is no place for Boy Scouts or Romney-Ryan types, and that since the game is awash in hypocrisy and all about calculation and manipulation, you can play that game, too, and turn the tables on the other side using their own tactics, more or less. That is a risky option, but it seems to fit your style, and there's certainly a Texan precedent in LBJ. We shall see.