If you’re running for state-wide office in Florida, you don’t praise murderous communist dictator Fidel Castro or associate yourself with those who do. Everyone knows this. Everyone, that is, except Florida Democrats.
Democrat FL Senate Candidate Val Demings Praises Castro Fan James Clyburn to Cuban-American Voters
Senate candidate Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) opened a recent virtual town hall with Cuban-Americans praising “the great” Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and quoting him to “set the theme” for the event, an unfortunate choice given Clyburn’s advocacy for the Cuban Communist Party and praise for Fidel Castro, in particular.
Demings is likely to emerge from the Democrat primary in August as the nominee to unseat incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of the most consistently anti-communist voices on foreign policy in Congress and himself a Cuban-American. Demings’ faux pas at an event billed a “virtual meet-and-greet” with Cuban-American Democrat votersfollows months of polling showing her significantly behind Rubio and questionable Hispanic engagement that included an endorsement from former Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a former member of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party and supporter of convicted communist terrorist Óscar López Rivera.
Observers have also criticized Demings for appearing to have no public opinions on the brutal communist Cuban regime prior to running for Senate in the state with the highest Cuban-American population in the country.
In a segment of the meet-and-greet obtained by Breitbart News, which occurred on January 20, Demings opens her talk directed at Cuban-American Democrat voters by citing Clyburn.
“One of my friends and colleagues – the great James Clyburn, who is the majority whip of the Democratic caucus, as you know – likes to say this and I really think it really sets the theme for this meeting tonight and the diversity of this group,” Demings said. “Jim likes to say, ‘we don’t need to make America great again. America is great. America has always been great.”
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