Marco Rubio: The Cubans ‘Have Exported Repression in Real Time’ to Venezuela

by Charles C. W. Cooke

Over at the Miami Herald, Mark Caputo highlights a remarkable speech from Marco Rubio:

A little explanation:

The U.S. senator from Florida had listened patiently to Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa speak favorably about his recent trip to Cuba, all the while omitting any real references to the oppression of the totalitarian government there.

To Rubio, like many Cuban exiles and their descendants, it was too much to bear.

“Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at,” Rubio said Monday when he took to the Senate floor. “What they are really good at is repression…. They have exported repression in real time, in our hemisphere, right now.”

Rubio asked the Senate a simple question: “Where did they learn that from? From Cuba. And yet we have to listen to what a paradise Cuba is.”

Rubio’s speech was about current events: the protests in Venezuela, the Maduro government and the ties it has with the Castros, who repress their own people and helped inspire the suppression in Caracas.

Venezuela is becoming the new Cuba.

For 14 minutes and 16 seconds, Rubio gave the best oration of his political career, speaking largely off the top of his head and with only the barest of notes. Rubio sometimes dripped with sarcasm or simmered with indignation as he made the case to Congress that the United States needs to continue Cuba sanctions and punish Venezuela.

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