FLORIDA – The Trump campaign’s desperate attempt to scare Cuban voters with baseless allegations reached a new low this week — Cuban radio host Raul Martinez first reported that the narrator of Trump’s latest socialism attack ad has recited a poem exalting brutal communist revolutionary Che Guevara.
In response, Karla Alvarado, Florida Democratic Party Hispanic Press Associate released the following statement:
“Trump has spent three years in office doing nothing to help our communities and with the election less than 4 months away, he’s endangering our loved ones and spreading nothing but lies. His dishonesty and hypocrisy is not shocking, but it is deeply offensive. For far too long, Trump and Republicans have exploited the suffering and fears of our communities for their political gain, but our communities know a caudillo when we see one, and we won’t continue to fall for their lies.”
Trump likes to talk tough, but actions speak louder than words. The Trump Administration is separating families, deporting asylum seekers, and limiting the ability of Cuban Americans to send remittances or to visit their families and loved ones in Cuba. Meanwhile, Trump is leaving many Cuban, Venezuelan, and Nicaraguan migrants fleeing violence and persecution to suffer in inhumane, dangerous conditions while in ICE custody with little to no access to medical care during this pandemic.
Miami Herald: Narrator of Trump campaign’s Goya commercial once recited poem to Che Guevara
By David Smiley and Mario J. Pentón | July 22, 2020
“One day after President Donald Trump’s campaign released a TV ad attacking presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as a socialist sympathizer, Democrats hit back, noting the ad — which focused on calls to boycott Goya Foods and pulled at Cuban American heartstrings with images of the exile experience — is narrated by a Cuban actress who once recited a poem dedicated to infamous communist revolutionary Che Guevara.”
“Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Muñoz called the narration of the ad by someone who once praised Guevara ‘another example of the hypocrisy and inconsistencies by the Trump campaign and their hollow support for Florida Hispanics.”’
“Democrats in Miami quickly pointed out Wednesday that Pérez once recorded a flowery poem describing Guevara’s prowess: ‘No es que yo quiera darte pluma por pistola pero el poeta eres tú,’ or ‘Not that I want to give you a pen for the gun, but the poet is you,’ she said.”
“Democratic Florida Sen. José Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, said the ad ‘demonstrates the hypocrisy of this administration when campaigning.’ And Democrat Annette Taddeo, who was attacked as a socialist sympathizer during a special election for her Kendall-area state Senate seat in 2017, said that Perez’s past support for Guevara is further evidence that Republicans’ messaging about Democrats as socialist is ‘ridiculous.’’
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