Update with Andy Garcia statement In a lengthy statement to the press, Havana-born Passengers actor Andy Garcia said, “It is necessary for me to express the deep sorrow that I feel for all the Cuban people both inside and outside of Cuba that have suffered the atrocities and repression caused by Fidel Castro and his totalitarian regime. The promises of his so-called revolution of pluralism and democracy were and continue to be a false promise and a betrayal of all basic human rights. The executions, persecution and imprisonment of political dissidents and the LGBT community, denial of free press, elections and religious freedoms continue to be his legacy. He claimed that history would absolve him, but it can also condemn him. I stand as I always have with the Cuban people who love, cherish and celebrate liberty. Hard-working, helpful people who open their hearts and homes to all, whether in Cuba or in exile. I pray for what I have always prayed for: the restoration of our constitution and absolute freedom for the people of Cuba. That dream is very much alive, that fight is very much alive. Let the spirit of Jose Marti and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. show us the way.”
Previous Donald Trump might have put it most succinctly – his first tweet on the death of Cuba’s former president and despot this morning was an unusually brief “Fidel Castro is dead!” – but other politicians, pundits and celebrities felt no less moved to join the discussion. Gloria Estefan, Adam McKay, Barbara Walters and Cher entered the fray, and for once (as these things go) “condolences” were in short supply, though President Barack Obama made the offer to Castro’s family, along with thoughts and prayers for the Cuban people.
Here’s a serving, starting with Trump’s hors d’oeuvre and continuing through some political side-taking and one or two humor fails – yes, Billy Eichner, it is too soon for Florence Henderson jokes. And, no, Colin Kaepernick has not tweeted about Castro’s death, tearful or otherwise, no matter how many times Mike Huckabee and other meme believers say so.
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
Remember when Trump praised Castro? Oh, sorry, that was Saddam & Putin. It'd be crazy if he praised Castro.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) November 26, 2016
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 26, 2016
In many ways, after 1959, the oppressed the world over joined Castro's cause of fighting for freedom & liberation-he changed the world. RIP pic.twitter.com/ReOLnMCxE7
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro Was a Murderous Dictator..He’s Dead.
Like ALL Strong-Man Despots,He Let His Ppl Suffer & Die Because Of His Insane Ego
— Cher (@cher) November 26, 2016
You voted for Trump who talked jailing opponents, restricting the press, attacking 'elites,' while turning a profit, but Castro was 'evil.'
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) November 26, 2016
Trump fans don't know it, but Donald already made doing business w/Fidel Castro's Cuba & violating the embargo great again.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro's death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families: https://t.co/hYue5mi69M
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 26, 2016
@mike_pence He's a "tyrant" because he stood up to America. He didn't want what we were peddling so we called him a dictator.
— Thomas Middleditch (@Middleditch) November 26, 2016
If u know someone killed, jailed, beaten by Castro's thugs, tweet me name & story, I will retweet. Ppl need to know he was a cruel despot.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 26, 2016
Wow, it says on Facebook Castro died of "Hillary emails"
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) November 26, 2016
Well into the 1970s, #FidelCasto was imprisoning gays and long-haired young people in work camps.
Read more here: https://t.co/7tTXe8KYtp
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 26, 2016
RIP to everyone's favorite television mom, Fidel Castro.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 26, 2016
Under no circumstance should President Obama or VP Biden or Secstate Kerry go to Cuba for Castro's funeral. He was a tyrant.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) November 26, 2016
Castro dead;C Kaepernick weeps for his idol; wipes tears w/ US flag; stands at attention with hand over heart for Castro. I'll take a knee.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 26, 2016
While vacationing at his home in Florida, reporters asked Trump about Castro's death. He said: "I can see Cuba from my house!" -D.Donushi
— Elayne Boosler (@ElayneBoosler) November 26, 2016
I don't understand all the tributes to Fidel Castro. Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't he a dictator that oppressed his own people?
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 26, 2016
Enough from the Castro-apologists. If a leader denies human rights, then he/she is a tyrant regardless of what they achieve.
— Alfred Molina (@OfficialMolina) November 26, 2016