Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had one of the most cringeworthy statements for departed tyrant Fidel Castro (emphasis added):
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro:
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.
“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”
In particular, that phrase, “while a controversial figure,” and the mention of heath care and education (which are overstated) whitewashed generations of repression. And it inspired widespread Twitter outrage, including from Marco Rubio and many Canadian politicians:
Is this a real statement or a parody? Because if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada it is shameful & embarrassing. https://t.co/lFXeqU7Ws0
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 26, 2016
But mostly, Trudeau became the object of mockery, using the hashtag #TrudeauEulogies, in which other monsters from history had their crimes against humanity described in such euphemistic terms.
Here are some of my favorites:
— Albertaardvark (@Albertaardvark) November 26, 2016
"Mr. Stalin's greatest achievement was his eradication of obesity in the Ukraine through innovative agricultural reforms." #TrudeauEulogies
— Melissa Lantsman (@MelissaLantsman) November 26, 2016
There were controversies, as with every full life, but above all Adolf Eichmann taught us the importance of planning. #TrudeauEulogies
— John Schindler (@20committee) November 26, 2016
Today we mourn the loss of Norman Bates, a family man who was truly defined by his devotion to his mother. #trudeaueulogies
— Mike Hogan (@MikeHoganArgos) November 26, 2016
This is Canada right now:
— Sheila Gunn Reid (@SheilaGunnReid) November 27, 2016
You can see more mockery in this live feed:
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