Cruz Walked Out on Castro Speech


The Official Memorial Service For Nelson Mandela Is Held In Johannesburg

Obama bowed and shook Raul Castro’s hand. Cruz walked out on the speech. Here’s a basic contrast between an American and an Unamerican politician.

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela when Cuban “president” Raúl Castro began speaking.

“Senator Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said Sean Rushton, Cruz’s communications director. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free.”

Of course Mandela was actually a big fan of Castro, but Cruz is scoring some good points by using Mandela against Obama, the way that Obama used Mandela against the GOP.

Ted Cruz was the only senator to troop down to South Africa. Though the media predictably harped on Cruz’s commenters because it doesn’t actually matter what you do. The media will find its negative angle.

Meanwhile Jimmy Carter, or Obama 1.0, jumped in to offer his take on the Obama-Castro handshake.

Former President Jimmy Carter, who was at the memorial, called the handshake “significant.”

“I think it was something significant,” Carter told CNN. “I hope that will be an omen for the future.”

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  • NAHALKIDES

    Jimmy Carter – still an ass at 89.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Why did Cruz bother going down there to hobnob with a bunch of statists, murderers, dicatators, and the like?

    • southwood

      There was no need for him to do so. Shows his intellectual limitations, if not his moral ones.

    • Anglozulu

      My first question as well.

  • Hilda

    Exactly my question. Why did he not go to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral instead?

  • kilfincelt

    Good for Cruz! Carter got one good agreement between Israel and Egypt and now thinks that he knows everything there is about foreign policy. Carter was a horrible President and Obama is following in his footsteps.

  • camp7

    I’m not surprised Cruz attended this false icon event to prepare for 2016. The fact that he is Cuban-American signifies his ‘walk-out’ of Raul. What caught my attention is the former peanut prez commenting about the memorial hoopla: “I think it was something significant,” Carter told CNN. “I hope that will be an omen for the future.”

    “omen”? — an event regarded as a portent of good or evil. This could be the most ambiguous statement to eulogize Mandela, in a Yogi Berra way. Good that he’s gone and the evil that’s left…

  • todd555

    Cruz was late for his appointment getting a new tattoo of Mandela on his butt.

  • timpottorff

    Jimmy Carter….once an A double S, always an A double S.