Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl) slammed the Biden administration for whitewashing the Cuban fight for freedom as he joined Sean Hannity on Fox News Monday night to provide updates after thousands of Cubans take to the streets to put an end to the Castro dictatorship.
Rubio is a first generation American, and a son of Cuban immigrants. "I don't know why it's so hard for them to criticize Marxists," Rubio said. "Look, I do think, and it's pretty clear that there are people out there that aren't saying anything. And the president took a whole day to say this. As he finally said stuff, he still left out the words marxist and communist and socialist."
"Well, you just described the murderous nature of the Castro regime," Rubio said to Hannity. "That's the way every Marxist regime has always been."
"Marxism and socialism is built on this," Rubio continued. "You go to people and you say, 'there's this group of good noble people and then there's this group of oppressors that is trying to destroy them. Give us the power to crush the oppressors, and if you give us the power, we're going to give you security. We're going to give you a stable economy. We're going to give you all the things you need.' But the price of that of course is your freedom."
"So they win and then what happens? You don't get those things and you don't get your freedom back. And then if you complain about it, they crack your head open, they put you in jail, they exile you, or they kill you and that's what's happening. And that's what happens everywhere, all the time. Socialism is about control. About controlling people and every aspect of their life. And the passion you see in the streets of Miami tonight, and in other parts of Florida and the country, is people that suffered under that evil. Saw their families divided, their lives destroyed, their kids have to go overseas. People never saw their parents before they died because of evil. That's what Marxism is."
"I wish we had a president and more leaders in Congress on the democratic side of the aisle, we have a few, but not enough willing to say that," the Florida senator explained.
As thousands of Cubans protest in the streets while waving American flags as a sign of hope against the communist regime, Fox News host Sean Hannity asked Rubio how the US can help the Cuban's achieve the goal of liberty.
"Well first, people are in the street because they want Liberty from Marxism and we're with them. Number two, make abundantly clear to the regime in Cuba that the Trump policies aren't going to change because that's what they're hoping is gonna come out of this. 'Well, you see how bad things are here. If only you guys would lift the embargo, if only you guys would eat the sanctions, maybe things would be better for the people of Cuba.' Come out right now and say, 'we're done with our review. We're keeping the Trump policies that allow the military to enrich itself at the expense of the people.'"
"Number three, make it the top priority of the US government to provide internet access using satellite technology, or whatever we can get our hands on, so the people of Cuba can speak to each other and show the world what's happening inside of Cuba. And the fourth thing is that I would make it abundantly clear to the Castro regime that if you guys threatened us with a mass migration, or if you encourage a mass migration, like the rafter crisis of 94, that is an act of hostility against the United States and we will act accordingly."
Senator Rubio explained that the Castro regime has a system that shuts down the internet to prevent the people from communicating, a system which was built by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). "A full court press first and foremost, a us office of information, USA ID. All of these agencies we have available should make clear the people of Cuba what these VPN's are that allow you to get around these filters. By the way, that system in Cuba that shuts down the internet, guess who gave it? China," Rubio said. "China built it. China installed it, and I believe China operates it on behalf of the Cuban government."
"So it's a Chinese system that they're using to shut down the internet. But I think long-term is something we've been pushing for a long time. We're making progress on it with when Trump was in office and that is to provide internet access, satellite internet access, so Cubans don't have to go through the lines and the cables that the Cuban government can shut on and off, but can actually use satellite to communicate to the world and to each other."
"That'll take some time, but that should be our number one priority right now in terms of what we can do to help the people of Cuba," Rubio said.
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