Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was asked for her response to GOP lawmakers who have said the protests for freedom in Cuba are evidence that socialism and communism are flawed economic systems.
“I think it’s disappointing that Republicans are trying to make this about them, and not centering on human rights violations of Cubans and what’s happening to the Cuban people,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Tuesday after speaking at a news conference where Democrats called for the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps. “Right now, like, what we need to do is urgently support human rights, the right for free speech, the right for protest, and not try to vaguely allude to the possibility of U.S. intervention and regime change,” she added.
Former Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has slammed Ocasio-Cortez and anyone else who has called for an end to the U.S. embargo in Cuba. Ocasio-Cortez responded to members of her party arguing that the economic problems in Cuba, which is led by a communist regime, are about much more than sanctions.
“This issue is, it’s not just one facet, but where the U.S. has historically been the most aggressive in and where, we, you know, in bringing up the embargo you’re pointing to the U.S. role and U.S. actions because if you leave that gaping opening, my concern is that people are trying to lay the groundwork for regime change,” Ocasio-Cortez said. Florida Sen Marco Rubio (R) addressed the calls for the embargo to be lifted.
“Why aren’t fishermen and farmers in Cuba allowed to fish or grow things and sell to people?” Rubio challenged. “It’s not the embargo that keeps them from doing that. It’s the regime. Why can’t Cubans own a small business? Why can’t a Cuban do in Cuba what they can do in Miami, what they can do in Washington, what they do in countries all over the world? They can’t do it in Cuba. They can’t open a small business. That’s not the embargo that keeps them from doing it. In fact, U.S. law allows us to trade and do commerce with small businesses that are independently owned by Cubans.”
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