Joe Biden Finally Weighs in on Protests in Cuba

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As we previously reported, some in media and in the Biden administration seemed to want to lay off the protests in Cuba on the pandemic, ignoring that it’s against the Communist dictatorship — that after 62 years, they’ve had enough.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki completely skipped over the point of the protests, saying the government had a duty to provide food and medical assistance and refusing to support their call for freedom.

Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs threw it off on the pandemic.

She also failed to name who was calling for combat here (hint: the government).

There’s no condemnation of the government or its actions against the people. It’s one of these “both sides” kinds of statements. They’re against “any violence” but don’t specifically name the violence of the government.

Joe Biden finally woke up from his nap and has issued a statement on the protests that are happening in Cuba. This is about their fourth attempt at this, but his statement still has a couple of glaring issues.

From Newsmax:

“We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” Biden said in a statement.

“The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected,” Biden said.

“The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.”

Now I like the term “clarion call for freedom” terminology and saying they stand with the Cuban people. But it isn’t a “clarion call for freedom from the tragic grip of the pandemic” that they’re talking about in the streets. It’s the clarion call for freedom from the Communist dictatorship. They really want to make everything about the pandemic, don’t they? The people aren’t chanting “Give us more medicine!” They’re chanting, “Libertad! (Freedom!).” They’re chanting, “Enough.” Where is Biden calling out Communism anywhere in that statement? Or is that too hard for anyone on the left to do? Where is there any admonition not to attack the people and the condemning of what the government has already done?

This isn’t about the pandemic at its base. It’s about the government truly being of the people, not the Communists.

This is how the government is responding.

What will Joe actually be doing to help the Cuban people?