If there’s one thing that can be said about the Biden administration, it’s that they are willing to condemn American conservatives at every turn. They call us terrorists. They call us monsters. They accuse us of everything under the sub. But Communists? That’s where they balk. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn Communism in Cuba.
Though Biden has been praised by the American media for taking a “tougher tone” toward Cuba, the truth is that he hasn’t mentioned Communism a single time in any statement released on the protests currently going on in the country.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel says that the nationwide protests are a U.S. plot to “fracture” the Communist party. But the truth is that citizens are simply rejecting Communism. The Guardian reports:
In a televised address on Monday morning Díaz-Canel, who recently succeeded Raúl Castro as the Communist party’s top figure, painted the protests as part of a United States-backed, social media-driven plot to stir up public discontent and overthrow the Cuban regime.
“The approach wasn’t peaceful yesterday,” the 61-year-old politician claimed, criticising the “completely vulgar” behaviour of some demonstrators who he accused of throwing rocks at police and destroying cars. Díaz-Canel conceded other protesters had legitimate concerns over food shortages and blackouts, although he blamed those problems on US sanctions. “It’s legitimate to feel dissatisfaction,” the party’s powerful first secretary said in the broadcast.
Rogelio Polanco Fuentes, a top party official who runs its ideology department, denounced the protests as part of a well-funded US-sponsored effort to create “instability and chaos” in Cuba, which is currently experiencing its worst economic slump in decades as well as a worsening Covid crisis.
In a presser in which she defended Texas Democrats’ decision to flee the state to block a vote on an election integrity bill, Psaki roundly refused to reject or even criticize Communism, which has torn Cuba apart for decades and decades.
“Do you think the people are leaving Cuba because they don’t like communism?” she was asked.
“We think people are leaving Cuba or protesting in the streets as well because they’re opposed to the oppression, to the mismanagement of the government in the country; and we certainly support their right to protest, we support their efforts to speak out against their treatment in Cuba,” she says. Watch it below: