The death of Cuba's former dictator, Fidel Castro, has politicians, pundits and journalists alike giving their two cents on his undoubtedly controversial legacy.
Fidel Castro overthrew military leader Fulgencio Batista in 1959, inciting a Communist revolution.
Though many, including President-elect Donald Trump, saw Castro as an evil dictator who ruled through oppression, some say there was more to the story.
On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday, former CNN host Soledad O'Brien explained there are "complicated emotions" in Cuba surrounding Castro's death, but Cuban American author Humberto Fontova said there's nothing complicated about it: [emphasis added]
“Folks, Castro regime jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s regime during the great terror. They murdered, murdered, mostly by firing squad, more political prisoners in their first three years in power than Hitler’s regime murdered in his first six. They drove 20 times as many people to die trying to escape from Cuba as died trying to escape East Germany, and we’re hearing about complicated emotions? Please give me a break.”
Though O'Brien mentioned that many Cubans initially liked, and even welcomed, Castro for “giving the finger” to the United Sates, Fontova was quick to shut her down:
“No, no, no, no, no. He was not welcomed. Under Batista — who jumped on rafts to escape Batista? Can you answer that for me? During Batista, more Americans lived in Cuba, than Cubans lived in the U.S., and that was at a time when Cubans could escape, could get visas. Under Batista Cuba had a higher standard of living than most of Europe.”
You can watch the full segment, below: