Upon hearing of Fidel Castro’s death, Cuban-Americans and exiles from his regime in Miami took the streets to celebrate the end of a brutal era in Cuba’s history.
Thousands of people assembled on the streets of Little Havana, banging pots and pans together as well as waving the Cuban and American flags while chanting, “Cuba libre!” Cubans fled in large numbers during as Castro took control of the country in 1959, including loyalists to the prior leader Fulgencio Batista, and many made the perilous journey across the ocean to settle in south Florida.
The crowd, many who were children at the time of Castro’s rise to power, felt enormous joy at the dictators passing, with one demonstrator stating:
“We’re celebrating the end of a man who separated so many families throughout the years,” one woman said, “a man who killed many, who imprisoned many individuals just for thinking differently and not believing in his revolution, like my father, who was a political prisoner in Cuba.
“For many years, I didn’t get to live my early years of my childhood with my father because of Fidel Castro and his regime. Therefore, I am glad. I am glad that he’s gone. I’m just sorry that he’s gone before he’s able to see a free Cuba because Cuba’s gonna be free. And I think that would’ve been the ultimate slap in the face for him to have been alive with a free Cuba.”
Cuban flags and banners weren’t the only things being waved in celebration on the streets of Miami, as a giant inflatable Donald Trump doll also made its rounds throughout the crowd.
One picture even shows this giant inflatable Trump holding a Cuba flag.
— Jamie Guirola (@jamieNBC6) November 26, 2016
During the election, Donald Trump garnered support in Cuban and Haitian communities in Florida, with many pundits speculating that Trump could win the state due to vast outpouring of voters. Even The New York Times stated the day before the election that a Hispanic voter surge for Trump in Florida could win the state for him.
Cubans return to Trump,” read a sub-headline of The New York Times Upshot/Siena University poll released Oct. 27, which gave Trump a four-point lead in Florida. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was leading in the same poll only a month earlier.
The poll’s explanatory text by The New York Times’ Nate Cohn said that Trump’s surprising comeback in Florida — the most important swing state — might be thanks to Cuban American voters. Trump’s support among Cuban-American voters in Florida was at 52 percent, up from 33 percent in September, the story said.
Indeed, a huge outpouring in these communities helped Donald Trump secure victory in a tight race against Hillary Clinton in Florida.
So much for the mainstream media narrative that Hispanics were largely against Trump during the election and would swing the election Clinton’s way. Even during a celebration of the death of Cuba’s dictator Fidel Castro, Cubans are finding a reason to show their support for President-elect Donald Trump.