The Florida congressional delegation is standing in unity, in denouncing the ongoing violence in Venezuela, which has resulted in 12 citizens being killed at the hands of President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
Maduro, who once stated that deceased former President Hugo Chavez appeared to him in the form of bird, had the gall to call Florida Senator Marco Rubio,“ el loco de los loco,” after Rubio condemned the Venezuelan government crackdown on its citizens.
For all of you non-Espanol speakers, Maduro’s remark against Rubio translates to,” the craziest of the crazies.”
Who is the crazy one, Rubio or the bird whisperer Maduro?
This past Monday afternoon, Rubio took to the Senate floor, and gave a passionate address, again condemning Maduro’s actions, but this time using graphic pictures of the violence in Venezuela to help paint a darker image of what is going on in that country.
Rubio, the son of Cuban exiles, was visible ticked-off when he started his address, which at first targeted Iowa Democrat Senator Tom Harkin, after he himself took to the Senate floor to describe his recent trip to Cuba “as a real paradise.”
He bragged about their health care system, medical school is free, doctors are free, clinics are free, their infant mortality rate may be even lower than ours. I wonder if the senator, however, was informed, number one, that the infant mortality rate of Cuba is completely calculated on figures provided by the Cuban government..
And, by the way, totalitarian communist regimes don’t have the best history of accurately reporting things. I wonder if he was informed that before Castro, Cuba, by the way, was 13th in the whole world in infant mortality.
I wonder if the government officials who hosted him, informed him that in Cuba there are instances reported, including by defectors, that if a child only lives a few hours after birth, they’re not counted as a person who ever lived and therefore don’t count against the mortality rate.-Senator Marco Rubio
Rubio then equated the human rights violations perpetrated by the Venezuelan government to the same known tactics the Castro regime has employed for decades, as well as rattling off who Venezuela’s communist “allies in the world” were.
Rubio called them all out, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Rubio referred to as “the tyrant in Moscow.
Let me show you another demonstrator. This is a student — by the way, these are all students in the street. You see this young man here? He was also shot in the head by security forces and pro-government groups in Caracas. This happened on February 11. This is what they do in Venezuela. This is what the allies of the Castro regime does, this is what they export. This is what they teach. This is what they support. And it doesn’t stop here.
Who are Cuba’s allies in the world? North Korea. Before he fell, the dictator in Libya, the dictator in Syria, the tyrant in Moscow.
This is who they line up with. This is this wonderful paradise?
By the way, this in and of itself deserves attention, what’s happening in Venezuela, in our own hemisphere. It is shameful that only three heads of state in this hemisphere have spoken out forcefully against what’s happening.
It is shameful that many members of Congress who traveled to Venezuela and were friendly with Chavez, some even went to his funeral, sit by saying nothing while this is happening in our own hemisphere.
And this wonderful Cuban paradise government that we heard about? This is what they support. Just this morning, the dictator that calls himself a president — never been elected to anything, Raul Castro — announced he is there for whatever they need to help them do this.
Rubio’s South Florida colleagues, including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) and Congressman Joe Garcia (D), have all come out in support of the protesters in Venezuela. According to the Miami Herald, Garcia has asked Obama to allow more Venezuelans to stay in the U.S.
Representatives Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart plan to file a bill that would block U.S. visas and financial transactions for Maduro’s government officials that are found to be connected with the violence against the Venezuelan people, and call for sanctions against the Maduro regime.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has also put in his two cents, calling for President Obama to “consider sanctions against Venezuela.” Scott recommends freezing any and all U.S. bank accounts that belong to Maduro “and his gang,” in addition to revoking the visas of “of anyone involved in attacking peaceful demonstrators.”