Senator Marco Rubio may love rap, but he’s no fan of Jay-Z.
“I think Jay-Z needs to get informed. One of his heroes is Che Guevara. Che Guevara was a racist,” Rubio said on ABC’s This Week. “Che Guevara was a racist that wrote extensively about the superiority of white Europeans over people of African descent, so he should inform himself on the guy that he’s propping up.”
Jay-Z, a multiplatinum hip-hop artist, recently visited the Communist island nation with his wife, singer Beyonce. He has also praised Guevara in the past.
“If Jay-Z was truly interested in the true state of affairs in Cuba, he would have met people that are being oppressed, including a hip-hop artist in Cuba who is right now being oppressed and persecuted and is undergoing a hunger strike because of his political lyrics,” Rubio said. “And I think he missed an opportunity.”