Marco Rubio Gives Reporter From Cuban Communist Paper Free Lesson On A Free Press [Watch]
Sarah Rumpf, RedState
While Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was attending the Summit of the Americas conference in Lima, Peru on Friday and Saturday, he was challenged by a reporter from Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban communist party. Rubio’s response was a mic-dropping lesson on the freedoms of speech and the press enshrined in our First Amendment, and how that empowers the American people to hold our politicians accountable — in strong contrast to the oppression perpetrated by governments like Cuba’s Castro regime, or Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
Granma, named after the boat on which Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Che Guevara, and 79 others traveled from Mexico to Cuba in order to launch the Cuban Revolution, serves as the propaganda ministry for the Castro regime and is the only permitted printed source of news for the people of Cuba. Due to the Castros’ longstanding alliance with Maduro, they frequently carry news supporting his regime as well.
Granma frequently complains about “oppression” and “offenses” by the American government and politicians. Rubio is a favored target, like last November when they accused Rubio of “blackmailing” Latin American countries into supporting sanctions against Venezuela. Those sanctions were because Maduro is a communist dictator whose government has combined oppression and corruption to ignite a horrific crisis that has caused the widespread starvation of his own people, despite having one of the world’s largest known oil reserves.
Bottom line, Rubio has been one of the most visible, most eloquent critics on the world stage of the communist dictators in Cuba and Venezuela. So when a Granma reporter thought he had a chance to take a swipe at Rubio during a press Q&A session at the summit in Lima, he took it. He should have known better that Rubio would deftly punch right back.